What are the global wind belts?

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Jan 19, 2017

Answer:

The global wind belts are the three wind belts or patterns of movement that cover the planet.

Explanation:

The global wind belts are the three wind belts or wind patterns that cover the planet: the tropical easterlies (or the trade winds) are found near the equator, the polar easterlies are found at the north and south poles, and the prevailing westerlies are found between the two.

The above wind belts exist in both hemispheres (see image below).

http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/wwhlpr/hurricane_globalwinds.rxml

Global winds blow from high to low pressure at the base of the atmospheric circulation cells. The polar easterlies are at the base of the polar atmospheric cell, the prevailing westerlies are at the base of the Ferrel Cell, and the tropical easterlies are at the base of the Hadley Cell.

http://www.climateprediction.net/climate-science/glossary/global-atmospheric-circulation/

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