How Do Global Wind Patterns Work?

Winds can change on a weekly or daily basis in specific areas, but generally, the wind around the world follows a specific path and stays relatively steady. There are six wind “cells” or belts, on Earth, three in each hemisphere.

On a global scale, wind belts begin at the equator where solar radiation causes warm air to rise and circulate to the North and South, like a conveyor belt. Seems simple, right?

We wish! What this understanding does not take into account is the way that Earth’s rotation and the distance that wind must travel from the equator to the poles. The long distance that wind travels causes it to break up into the six cells mentioned before. Each cell moves in the opposite direction of the next. Earth’s rotation causes a slight shift in the winds and results in them moving diagonally.

Check out this image to get a better visual understanding of the global wind cells.

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What are the Different Types of Rainfall?

There are 3 main types of rainfall –

Relief Rainfall

This types of rainfall (also known as orographic) occurs when air has been blown over a large water mass and is then forced up over an area of high land. This causes air to cool and the moisture in the air to condense and rain to fall.

Frontal Rainfall

This type of rainfall occurs when warm air is forced to rise over cold air. The moisture in the warm air condenses as it cools which creates clouds and rain.

Convectional Rainfall

This type of rainfall generally occurs in tropics or warm climates. When air is hot it rises and cools and condenses to create precipitation. When the air is very hot it rises quickly and creates thunderstorms!

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What are the Different Types of Clouds?

When you are laying in the grass looking up at the clouds daydreaming have you ever wondered what kind of clouds you are actually looking at? Check out the names/descriptions of the different clouds below to find out.

High Clouds (16,500-45,000 feet)

Cirrus – delicate feathery clouds with wispy shapes

Cirrostratus – Thin, white clouds that cover the whole sky like a veil. More commonly seen in the winter

Cirrocumulus – Thin, sometimes patchy, sheet-like clouds.

Mid-level Clouds (6,500-23,000 feet)

Altocumulus – Several patchy white or gray layers and look to have fluffy ripple rows.

Altostratus – Gray or blue-gray that usually cover the entire sky.

Nimbostratus – Thick, dark, gray clouds that seem to fade in falling rain or snow.

Low Clouds (less than 6,500 feet)

Cumulus – Fluffy, white cotton ball clouds

Stratus – Thin, white sheets covering the whole sky.

Cumulonimbus – From far away these clouds will look like huge mountains. They grow larger on warm, wet days as air rises higher in the sky!

Stratocumulus – Patchy gray or white clouds often seen with a dark honeycomb-like appearance.

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We Love Our Pets!

We love our pets! Sharing the adventure with them makes life’s relaxing moments even sweeter!!

There are amazing routes available throughout Lake Winnebago and the Fox River Valley that one can adventure with their dog on a paddle board or in a kayak.

We love hitting the water with a paddler’s best friend! From our experience, being prepared, being in tune with your dog’s needs, and staying safe is all it takes to create great memories!

3 quick tips for success:

  • Good Training: If your dog enjoys water and will not run/swim off, you are all set to have a fun day on the water!
  • Appropriate Gear: Many people choose to purchase a PFD for their dog – even if your dog can
    swim, it is a good idea as an extra safety measure.
  • Matching Dogs Size with Kayak Space/Weight Capacity: With a small dog, this is not usually an issue, but if your dog is larger, you will need to double check that the kayak will comfortably fit both you and your dog.

Fox River Kayaking Company provides guided adventures and rentals for independent outings throughout the Fox River Valley from the Northern shores of Lake WInnebago and up the Fox River all the way to Green Bay. Dogs and Humans welcome! 😉

There are dogs waiting, not only to adventure with you, but in need of a home! Fox Valley Humane Association may be taking care of your future best friend, and we thank them for inviting us to include their dogs in our photo.

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