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When a wind is described as a Northeasterly or Southwesterly, is that the direction it is travelling, or where it came from?

Posted March 20, 2008 10:13 a.m. EDT

MIKE MOSS SAYS:        Sarah,       The general protocol for wind direction in weather observations and forecasts is for the wind direction to indicate where the wind id blowing from. So a northeasterly wind blows from the northeast, and so on. As an example, a helium balloon released in a southeasterly wind will travel toward the northwest.