pole·​ward | \ˈpōl-wərd \

Definition of poleward 

: toward or in the direction of a pole of the earth as the sun moves poleward poleward variation in temperature

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Normally, when hurricanes get above 30 degrees North in latitude, they get pulled poleward by the westerly pattern in the atmosphere between the tropics and poles. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Hurricane Florence forecast has gone from bad to worse," 12 Sep. 2018 During warming events when southern waters move poleward, especially those related to El Niño, countless crustaceans ride currents up to southern and central California. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Thousands of Tiny Red Crustaceans Strand on California Beach," 12 June 2018 The force from Jupiter’s rotation, combined with its smaller radius at the pole, would be expected to move many more cyclones poleward continuously, but this seems not to happen. Andrew Coates, Newsweek, "NASA Juno Unlocks Secrets of Jupiter's Mega Cyclone Clusters," 8 Mar. 2018 They were found at mid-latitudes (roughly the Martian equivalent of Canada or the UK) and occupied poleward-facing slopes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Large sheets of ice may have been spotted on Mars," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of poleward

1835, in the meaning defined above

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