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what are "tradewinds"?

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what are "tradewinds"?

Just curious. Honolulu paper said reminents of Fabio could cause "tradewinds " this week. Obviously some kind of wind but to a mainlander what is different about it? Thank you.

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"Trade winds" are the persistent, mostly-easterly, flow of the near-surface winds over the tropical oceans. This persistent flow is the result of huge, semi-permanent high pressure zones that exist over the tropical and subtropical oceans. These high pressure zones are partly caused by the relatively cool ocean water (compared to the warm land air masses), especially over the eastern half of the ocean basins. The trade winds are only interrupted by the passage of tropical cyclones, or an occasional cold front arriving from higher latitudes.

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You think the cyclone would have caused a break in the tradewinds then.

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Yep !!

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Tradewinds make the humidity and temperatures much easier to deal with here. They may cause a "bad hair advisory" but are what make the islands known for good weather.

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In this case, the tropical depressions (not hurricanes anymore) that pass close to use happen to make the trade winds and showers stronger. They call them enhanced trade winds and showers. Surf has been a bit higher too. The trade winds and showers are with us 90% of the time and are at their strongest during the summer months. When they don't blow it's miserable!! The time that they don't blow is generally in the winter months when we get storms out of the south.

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So pretty much wherever you go outside there will be a constant wind.is it a problem at a restaurant with porch like tables? Do you have to keep a drink on that napkin. I was on the Gulf Coast once and the wind blew constantly and it blew the sand too. That was not fun.

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Yep, keep that drink on the napkin!! The trades blow all day long. It's always a good idea to keep things nailed down, I've seen beach toys, umbrellas, plastic bags etc. blowing towards the water which is NOT a good thing!!

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Thank you!

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We love the trade's

Make's it feel so nice

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>>what are "tradewinds"?<<

They're the sweet breezes that you so dearly miss when you spend some time in NYC during a heat wave. YUCK.