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Are northwest winds blowing to or from the northwest?

Posted February 13, 2008
Updated November 3, 2016

wind to or from direction

Are northwest winds blowing to the northwest or from the northwest?

Mike Moss: The convention in weather observations and forecasts is to give the way FROM WHICH the wind blows.

Other information: wind bearing, wind forecast, wind observations, wind measurements

Full question from Michelle Gaskins: On your daily weather forecast it might say, "Winds: NW 5-10mph" - does that mean the winds will be coming FROM the North West or blowing TOWARDS the North West?

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