Category Archives: Tides and Currents

What do windward and leeward mean?

An island’s windward side faces the prevailing, or trade, winds, whereas the island’s leeward side faces away from the wind, sheltered from prevailing winds by… Continue reading

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What is a Rossby wave?

Oceanic and atmospheric Rossby waves — also known as planetary waves — naturally occur largely due to the Earth’s rotation. These waves affect the planet’s… Continue reading

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