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In need of Weather systems 101

Post by jbc » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:42 pm

Where do weather systems in various parts of the world originate? My understanding is that in the USA weather comes from the west to the east, except for hurricanes. Why does it do that and do those systems ever make it to Europe? Where would Europe weather originates? Asia, the Middle East, southern hemisphere Africa and South America?

Thanks for any info. Would those questions be answered in one meteriology course in college, or would it take more than just one?

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Re: In need of Weather systems 101

Post by Caribbean Traveler » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:10 am

jbc wrote:Where do weather systems in various parts of the world originate? My understanding is that in the USA weather comes from the west to the east, except for hurricanes. Why does it do that and do those systems ever make it to Europe? Where would Europe weather originates? Asia, the Middle East, southern hemisphere Africa and South America?

Thanks for any info. Would those questions be answered in one meteriology course in college, or would it take more than just one?

Weather systems are constantly forming / dissipating / evolving. Finding exactly where a storm originates can be tough. Most of the weather in the U.S. does come from the Pacific since we are in the zone of the prevailing westerlies. These systems many times do make it to Europe.
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