Atmospheric Pressure and Wind

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Wind

The movement of air caused by differences in air pressure

Coriolis Effect

The curving of moving objects, such as wind, by the Earth's rotation.

Cyclone

An area in the atmosphere that has lower pressure than the surrounding areas and has winds that spiral toward the center

Anticyclone

A high pressure center characterized by a clockwise flow of air

Trade Winds

Winds that blow from 30 degrees latitude to the equator

Westerlies

Prevailing wind belts that blow between 30 degrees and 60 degrees latitudes

Polar Easterlies

Prevailing winds that blow from east to west between 60 degrees and 90 degrees latitude in both hemispheres

Jet Stream

A high-speed high-altitude airstream blowing from west to east near the top of the troposphere

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