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Wind is moving air that is the result of differences in air pressure within our atmosphere. Air under high pressure moves towards areas of low pressure. The greater the difference in pressure, the faster the air flows.
Below are some interesting facts about wind or alternatively you can download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- Wind refers to any flow of air above the Earth’s surface that travels in a roughly horizontal direction.
- The main cause of Earth’s winds is solar energy which comes from the sun. When sunlight strikes the Earth’s surface it heats different parts of the surface differently.
- As hot air rises, cooler air moves in to fill the void. As long as the sun shines, the wind will blow.
- Ancient mariners used sails to utilize the wind. Farmers once used windmills to grind their grain and pump water. Today, humans make use of wind energy as a power source.
- Wind is always named according to the direction from which it blows. For example, a wind blowing from west to east is a west wind. What would it then be called if the wind blows from south-east to west?
- Local winds are small-scale winds that result from differences in temperature and pressure in localized areas. Sea and land breezes are typical examples of such winds.
- The presence of mountains and valleys also produces specialized types of local winds.
- As the air blows over the mountains and sinks down into the valleys, it creates high pressure. The high pressure, in turn, compresses the air and heats it.
- The heat of the Sun causes winds around the world. The Sun heats the tropical zone more than the polar regions since its rays are more direct at the equator. The hot and light air in the tropics then rises and flows towards the two poles. Meanwhile, the cold and heavy air from the poles moves towards the equator.
- The instrument used to measure wind speed is called an anemometer.
- The first house in the world to have its electricity supplied by wind power was in Kincardineshire, Scotland, in 1887.
- The doldrums is a wind-free area around the equator where sailing ships used to get stuck for weeks. This led to the phrase ‘in the doldrums’.
This bundle contains 10 ready-to-use Wind Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Wind which is moving air that is the result of differences in air pressure within our atmosphere. Air under high pressure moves towards areas of low pressure. The greater the difference in pressure, the faster the air flows.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Wind Facts
- Universal Winds
- The Earth’s Winds – Complete the Data
- Wind Can Move Things
- Wind Power Gauge
- Using the Wind – Essay
- Windy Time Coloring
- Words About Wind – Gods of the Wind Matchup
- Types of Wind Letter Jumble
- The Northwind and the Sun
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