prevailing wind


: the usual wind in an area or region
used to refer to the direction of the wind
The prevailing wind in this region is from the east.

Examples of prevailing wind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On this morning, at this place, the prevailing wind is from the west. Hazlitt, 20 Sep. 2023 The single eye changes color to respond to wind speeds, and the scales rotate to reveal the direction of the prevailing wind. Globe Staff,, 15 Aug. 2023 Maui’s terrain and prevailing wind patterns also had a powerful effect on the fire’s movement. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2023 It should be positioned between your home and the prevailing wind direction or the direction from which wildfires are most likely to come. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 2 Aug. 2023 Check prevailing wind data and hang key stands based on that info. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 26 Aug. 2022 One thing that hasn’t changed is the prevailing wind off the Gulf. Mark Kazlowski, Dallas News, 12 May 2023 Moreover, all heat producing machinery will be underground and downstream from the prevailing wind, thwarting thermal air currents that could affect the sensitive mirrors. Dennis Overbye Marcos Zegers, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2023 See More

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“Prevailing wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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