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What does a NW wind mean?

Posted November 2, 2016

What does northwest wind direction mean?

What does a NW or Northwesterly Wind Direction Mean?

Mike Moss: The term "wind direction" is defined as the direction from which the wind is blowing. This is in contrast to the term "bearing," which indicates the direction toward (or to) which an object is moving. The result is that an east wind, for example, would cause a balloon to follow a westerly bearing, and regarding your specific example, a NW wind is a wind that would carry a balloon toward the southeast.

Full Question from Justin Diebold: When the wind is described as NW, does that mean the wind is heading NW or coming out of the NW?

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