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an·ti·trade

 (ăn′tĭ-trād′)
n. often antitrades
The westerly winds above the surface trade winds of the tropics, which become the prevailing westerly winds of the middle latitudes.

antitrades

(ˈæntɪˌtreɪdz)
pl n
1. (Physical Geography) winds in the upper atmosphere blowing in the opposite direction from and above the trade winds
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Noun1.antitrades - wind in the upper atmosphere blowing above but in the opposite direction from the trade windsantitrades - wind in the upper atmosphere blowing above but in the opposite direction from the trade winds
prevailing wind - the predominant wind direction; "the prevailing wind is from the southwest"
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Menkes believes El Nino conditions fell flat this year because wind gusts called antitrade winds stopped blowing in April.
The results indicate that if the antitrade winds don't return, Vialard says, "this year's El Nino is more or less dead.
The presence or absence of antitrade winds, he says, may be a by-product of the overall atmospheric changes that prompt El Nino as much as they are a cause.