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If you are in the Northern Hemisphere and are directly west of the center of a cyclone, what most likely will be the wind direction? What will the wind direction be if you are west of an anticyclone in the Northern Hemisphere?

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Winds move counterclockwise around a low when the pressure gradient and the Coriolis effect are applied to pressure centers in the Northern Hemisphere, while they blow clockwise around a high.

The Coriolis effect deflects winds to the left in the Southern Hemisphere. As a result, the winds surrounding a low rotate clockwise. Winds counterclockwise around a high point.

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