the prevailing pattern of easterly winds found in the tropics near the Earth's equator. The trade winds blow predominantly from the northeast in the Northern Hemisphere. The trade winds act as the steering flow for tropical storms that form over the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans that make landfall in North America, Southeast Asia, and India, respectively. Trade winds are always in low pressure areas. Also, horse latitudes can be formed and many high pressure areas can be formed there.