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The trade winds blow predominantly from the northeast in the Northern Hemisphere and from the southeast in the Southern Hemisphere.
  any surface winds that blow along a regular course with relatively regularly — especially strong easterly winds that blow through the tropics and subtropics
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Because of the dependability of these winds they were used by sailing ships of the 17th and 18th centuries to establish "trade" with the New World; hence the name. These winds are caused by hot air rising at the equator, with cool air moving in to take its place from the north and from the south. The winds are deflected westward because of the Earth’s west-to-east rotation.
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  • The trade winds blow predominantly from the northeast in the Northern Hemisphere and from the southeast in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • But the moment she saw it, my mother decided she didn’t like Curacao and she often complained about the smell of gas and oil whenever the trade winds died down.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • Who could resist the warm tropical trade winds, the transparent, inviting water, the powerful winter waves and the casual, relaxed lifestyle?
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • The tranced ship indolently rolls; the drowsy trade winds blow; everything resolves you into languor.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • The smell of a fresh egg snapping exotically in a pool of fresh butter carried a long way on the Mediterranean trade winds and brought General Dreedle racing back with a voracious appetite, accompanied by his nurse, who accompanied him everywhere, and his son-in-law, Colonel Moodus.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • From outside camethe steady soft creak of lines and rigging, the slow flap of the sails in the first faint breezes of the freshening trade winds, the occasional cry of a bird.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • It was not the most benign season on the ocean, due to the December trade winds, and the historic schooner, the only one that would risk the crossing, might find itself blown by a contrary wind back to the port where it had started.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I ate grouper sandwiches on the Miami River, roamed and fished and waded the Glades, floated on trade winds, stayed warm.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • There was little cloud-a few bands scattered along the line of the trade winds.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • …swerves away under the thrust of a cold current from the Davis Strait, and resumes its ocean course by going along a great circle of the earth on a rhumb line; it then divides into two arms near the 43rd parallel; one, helped by the northeast trade winds, returns to the Bay of Biscay and the Azores; the other washes the shores of Ireland and Norway with lukewarm water, goes beyond Spitzbergen, where its temperature falls to 4° centigrade, and fashions the open sea at the pole.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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  • It’s more than a thousand miles to the nearest port, and you’d be working against the trade winds."
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Trade winds roll the water in great masses.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Making so long a passage through such unfrequented waters, descrying no ships, and ere long, sideways impelled by unvarying trade winds, over waves monotonously mild; all these seemed the strange calm things preluding some riotous and desperate scene.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • These warm Trade Winds, at least, that in the clear heavens blow straight on, in strong and steadfast, vigorous mildness; and veer not from their mark, however the baser currents of the sea may turn and tack, and mightiest Mississippies of the land swift and swerve about, uncertain where to go at last.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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Associated words [difficulty]:   trade winds [7] , monsoon [3] , El Niño [9] , La Niña [9]
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