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north·​west·​er·​ly | \ nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce northwesterly (audio) \

Definition of northwesterly

1 : from the northwest
2 : toward the northwest

Examples of northwesterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first hurricane to be spawned was Carol on Aug. 25 near the Bahamas, and within two days, winds rose to 105 mph, but diminished as the storm moved northwesterly and up the East Coast. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "The 1954 hurricane season in Maryland was one for the books," 5 Aug. 2020 Sharp northwesterly flow will favor Colorado’s northern mountains, where several inches of snow could fall starting Saturday and potentially lasting through Monday. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: More snow on the way next week," 14 Feb. 2020 The eerie sound, sort of a mix between a hum, a whistle and a screech, emerges when strong northwesterly winds across the bridge blow through slender new handrails that were installed on the west side of the span. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Golden Gate Bridge’s new hum louder than expected, officials explore options to fix handrails," 1 July 2020 The Rural Fire Service in New South Wales state has told fire-weary community meetings south of Sydney in the coastal towns of Nowra, Narooma and Batemans Bay that northwesterly winds were likely to once again drive blazes toward the coast. Washington Post, "Australians on SE coast urged to flee as fire risk escalates," 9 Jan. 2020 At lower levels of the atmosphere off the California coast, prevailing winds are northwesterly, creating vertical wind shear that rips hurricanes apart. Los Angeles Times, "Could a hurricane lash Los Angeles? 80 years ago, this deadly storm came close," 22 Aug. 2019 The region is locked in a slow-motion tectonic collision, as the Pacific plate grinds its northwesterly path against the North American plate. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Every three minutes, an earthquake strikes in California," 18 Apr. 2019 The day's conditions included strong northwesterly winds and low, dirty water with very little tidal movement. Todd Masson,, "Redfish gobble this bass finesse bait in the marsh," 26 Apr. 2018 Temperatures fight to stay around freezing (32 degrees) early in the day but gusty northwesterly winds between 20-30 mph — coupled with an ever-lowering sun by late day — should try to beat down temperatures even before the sun starts to dip. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Is Mitt Romney the future or the past of the Republican Party?," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of northwesterly

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Northwesterly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of northwesterly

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


adverb or adjective
north·​west·​er·​ly | \ nȯrth-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce northwesterly (audio) \

Kids Definition of northwesterly

1 : from the northwest northwesterly breezes
2 : toward the northwest a northwesterly direction

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