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Are northwest winds blowing to or from the northwest?

Posted February 13, 2008 1:45 p.m. EST
Updated November 3, 2016 11:01 a.m. EDT

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?