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Question of the Day: Flow of Winds and Moisture

Question of the Day developed by William Prothero.


This activity addresses the flow of surface winds and moisture. On the figure below, draw a)direction of air flow (winds), b) locations with highest evaporation from the sea surface, and zone(s) of maximum precipitation.

Please talk to your neighbor. Be prepared to explain your ideas to your classmates.

A diagram showing the ocean and high and low pressure zones at different latitudes

References and Notes:

Question of the Day is a method used by Dr. William Prothero in his Oceanography Course at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Question of the Day page with more examples and tips on using them is part of the Starting Point: Interactive Lectures Module.


Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Winds, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Clouds and precipitation, Atmospheric circulation

Resource Type

Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Ready for Use

Ready to Use

Earth System Topics

Climate, Oceans:Currents, Tides and Circulation, Atmosphere:Weather

Ocean Environments

Surface Waters


Climate, Ocean:Physical Oceanography


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