adverb or adjective
north·​east·​er·​ly | \ nȯrth-ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce northeasterly (audio) \

Definition of northeasterly

1 : from the northeast
2 : toward the northeast

Examples of northeasterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consider that there needs to be an inflection point where the winds shift from southerly to more easterly, and then eventually northeasterly and finally northerly as these storms rotate. Dave Epstein,, "Why such a wide range of snow in Monday’s storm?," 2 Feb. 2021 It will eventually be steered more northerly and northeasterly in the next 24 to 36 hours. Washington Post, "Eta forecast to regain tropical storm strength and affect Florida, Gulf of Mexico," 5 Nov. 2020 Medium Tonight: As cool, dry, polar high pressure continues to ride into our area on steady north and northeasterly breezes around 10 mph, skies get even clearer and dew points plummet (into the very dry 30s). Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Showers ending as sunshine increases with time; fall-like this weekend," 18 Sep. 2020 Known in Northern California as Diablo winds, the offshore gusts move northeasterly over the coast ranges and lead to extreme fire danger in the Bay Area. Kellie Hwang,, "‘Hurricane-type’ winds part of a troubling new pattern in Bay Area weather, experts say," 26 Oct. 2020 Three were among the state’s largest of all time by early September, when hard northeasterly winds blew them into an entirely new realm of superlatives. Daniel Duane, Wired, "The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works," 30 Sep. 2020 Light northeasterly breezes near 10 mph may blow by late day. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A wetter pattern increases patchy flooding chances, and helps keep temperatures down," 31 July 2020 Winds will weaken and turn more northeasterly into Saturday. Los Angeles Times, "First heat wave of 2020 will arrive in Southern California this week," 21 Apr. 2020 The name comes from the continuously strong northeasterly winds that precede the nor'easter. Fox News, "Why nor'easters need to hit 'the benchmark' to bring big snow to Northeast cities," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of northeasterly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of northeasterly

: located in or moving toward the northeast
: blowing from the northeast


adverb or adjective
north·​east·​er·​ly | \ nȯrth-ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce northeasterly (audio) \

Kids Definition of northeasterly

1 : from the northeast northeasterly winds
2 : toward the northeast a northeasterly direction

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