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QuikScat ocean wind craft sees a quiet day in Atlantic
Posted: December 4, 2000

This recent image shows the winds over the Atlantic Ocean measured by the Seawinds instrument on the QuickScat satellite. The satellite circles the globe once a day.

The line just above the equator is the Doldrums, where the trade winds from north and south meet and sailors encounter calms or shifting winds. High winds in the northern latitudes drive weather on the U.S. East Coast and in Europe. The counterclock-wise swirl in the southern Atlantic is a large high-pressure system.

Seawinds data. Photo: NASA/JPL