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THE CAUSE OF WIND 

Wind is a paradox, to some it causes damage, but to others it brings joy. The gentle breeze on a warm day can bring back good memories of childhood. Torrential winds in a hurricane, tornado, or monsoon can bring pictures of destruction. Wind to a sailor in the early days of shipping was a blessing, however, a lack of wind or too much wind could cause untold damages to the ship and crew. Just what is this wind?

Windís movement is dependant on several factors including temperature, rotation of the Earth, topography, and geography. These all play a vital role in determining the wind direction and speed. Wind is three dimensional, and changes throughout the column of atmosphere. There are many areas that are faster than others because of combined physical factors.


Extreme winds

 
Sail boarding

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