Then Columbus reports on the edge of the Earth: Where are the trade winds?
We had been out but a few days when we took the trade winds, and ran forty days without scarcely touching brace or halyards.
On the 24th they reached the influence of the trade winds, which blow continually from east to west.
There is very little chance for a sailing vessel from there until they get west several hundred miles, and strike the trade winds.
The weather was beautiful, and we had got well into the trade winds.
Before the trade winds the Nancy Hanks foamed along day after day, all sails set, making excellent time.
For they were still in the trade winds where it is generally good weather.
By the 16th they had come within the influence of the trade winds.
In the northern summer the trade winds may extend northward to lat.
Its winds are then largely of the purely planetary type, such as trade winds and westerlies.
|trade winds |
Winds that blow steadily from east to west and toward the equator over most of the Torrid Zone. The trade winds are caused by hot air rising at the equator, with cool air moving in to take its place from the north and from the south. The winds are deflected westward because of the Earth's west-to-east rotation. Compare antitrades.