Easterlies and Westerlies Characteristics
Westerlies and Easterlies are examples of Planetary or Primary winds. These are the winds that typically blow in the same direction all year.
- Westerlies have greater speed and force than the other primary winds during the winter season.
- Because of their vast maritime span, the Westerlies also play an important role in providing warm, equatorial waters and winds to the western borders of continents.
- The Polar Easterlies or Easterlies also play an important role in climate change.
- They are one of the five principal wind zones that actually form our circulatory system, known as wind belts.
- Here keep in mind that Polar easterlies are usually dry, and cold prevailing air and it flows from the East direction.
- The high pressure around the poles of the earth plays an important role in this.