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Name: Alexander
Status: N/A
Age: 18
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Date: 2001-2002


Question:
Where is the most windless place on the earth?


Replies:
Dear Alexander-

It might depend on how you define windless. And I am not sure records are kept for this purpose. If you define most windless as the location with the most hours of calm winds, that would be different from a location with the lowest annual average wind speed.

Some likely candidates for most windless would be land locations near the equator, where the surface pressure gradient is very weak, and large forests and vegetation would inhibit air movement. Other candidate locations would be in the center of large high pressure areas over oceans in the tropics, where winds are light and variable for days and weeks at a time.

Wendell Bechtold, meteorologist
Forecaster, National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office, St. Louis, MO


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