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Why are ocean currents warmer near the equator?

Because the Earth’s equator is warmed by the most direct rays of the Sun, air at the equator is hotter than air further north or south. This hotter air rises up at the equator and as colder air moves in to take its place, winds begin to blow and push the ocean into waves and currents.

How is thermal energy from the equator distributed along the coastlines?

The ocean and atmosphere are connected. They work together to move heat and fresh water across the globe. Wind-driven and ocean-current circulations move warm water toward the poles and colder water toward the equator. The majority of the thermal energy at the Earth’s surface is stored in the ocean.

How did prevailing winds and ocean currents help or work against that voyage from east to west?

How did prevailing winds and ocean currents help or work against that voyage from east to west? When the jet stream moves south, it moves its associated weather front, which causes winds from the north. A jet stream is a belt of wind in the upper atmosphere that blows around the Earth from west to east.

What are the movement of ocean water?

Ocean water is constantly in motion: north-south, east-west, alongshore, and vertically. Seawater motions are the result of waves, tides, and currents (Figure below). Ocean movements are the consequence of many separate factors: wind, tides, Coriolis effect, water density differences, and the shape of the ocean basins.

Is a 10 15 mph wind strong?

The National Weather Service defines “breezy” and “windy” differently, winds 15 to 25 mph are considered “breezy” and above 25 mph are considered “windy.” The other challenge we run into with wind forecasts are the micro-climates we have across southern Idaho.

Can you drive in 35 mph winds?

Most drivers are well aware of the hazards posed by inclement weather conditions such as heavy rains, snow, and ice. But what about gusty winds? Winds of even 30 to 45 mph can make driving significantly more dangerous. First, they can actually blow your car off course.