In a book I read, I believe the author defined wind as the sum of breezes, weather, and climate.

  • breezes: hyper-local disturbances, due to topology or uneven heating of surfaces
  • weather: the movement of air due to regional atmospheric highs and lows
  • climate: the steady state air movement linked to, e.g., latitude

The sum of these three vector fields is the true wind at any given moment, at any given spot.

Two questions:

  1. Is this definition correct?
  2. Is this definition in common use?
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    $\begingroup$ Which book was this? Please edit it into your answer. $\endgroup$
    – Spencer
    Jun 22 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Spencer, apologies but I have no recollection. This was years ago that I read it. But it was beautifully simple so the gist of things stuck with me. $\endgroup$ Jun 23 at 19:14
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    $\begingroup$ This is the first time I come across such definitions used this way. In a broad sense, there's an element of truth to them, but there's also much more to it. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Jun 24 at 0:43
  • $\begingroup$ It is kind of as if saying your velocity is combination of where you are supposed to be going, where you are reporting you are going and where you are actually going. $\endgroup$
    – Poutnik
    Jun 24 at 9:59


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