NOAA logo National Ocean Service

What are the trade winds?

17 November 2016, 7:56 pm

‚Äča clipper ship

Known to sailors around the world, the trade winds and associated ocean currents helped early sailing ships from European and African ports make their journeys to the Americas. Likewise, the trade winds also drive sailing vessels from the Americas toward Asia. Even now, commercial ships use "the trades" and the currents the winds produce to hasten their oceanic voyages.

Continue reading →

Original article: What are the trade winds?