Ask Eric: Where Is The Wind Blowing From, Anyway?!
We are happy you recently joined the WBZ weather team. Welcome! I have a question concerning the wind. I believe an off-shore wind heads in the off-shore direction. Conversely, an on-shore wind heads on-shore.
However, an East wind heads West (coming from the East). This doesn’t seem consistent and is confusing. Am I correct and do you have any comments about this? Thanks.
Bernie Vaillette – Leominster
Bernie – you’re absolutely right. And I don’t have much of a good reason for you! An off-shore wind does in fact blow off-shore, and an on-shore wind blows toward land. At the same time, and easterly wind is from the east, and a westerly wind is from the west.
Why one uses the point of origin as a naming convention and the other uses the final destination, I haven’t a clue. But at least you can rest easy knowing you’re not going crazy, and were right!