subtropical regions where anticyclones produce settled weather.
The horse latitudes are high-pressure areas, located between 30 degrees north and south, in which the wind is light and varied.
The subtropical latitudes (30-35 degrees), where winds are light and weather is hot and dry. According to legend, ships traveling to the New World often stagnated in this region and had to throw dead horses overboard or eat them to survive, hence the name horse latitudes. See wind.
The belts of variable, light winds and fine weather associated with the subtropical anticyclones The name originated with the historical sailing practice of throwing the horses being transported to America or the West Indies overboard when these latitudes were reached and the light winds caused the voyage to be overly extended.
The Horse Latitudes is the name of the belt of calms, light winds and fine, clear weather between the trade wind belts and the prevailing westerly winds of higher latitudes. The belts move north and south after the sun in a similar way to the doldrums. The story of the name, in which was explained that it was an old practice to throw overboard horses, which were being transported to America or the West Indies when the ship's passages were unduly prolonged, was recalled by the Belgian "weatherprofessor" Poppe. The sea area, where there is little or no wind, was named after Sir James Ross, a British naval-officer from last century. In 1870, a German geographer, read about the "Ross-latitudes" and translated "Ross" into the German word "Pferd", which is an understandable error beacause Ross in German is slang for Horse (or Pferd). By translating the "Pferde Breidten" back to English, the "Horse Latitudes" were introduced.
Belts of light, variable winds and fine weather associated with the subtropical anticyclones at latitudes between about 30 and 35 degrees.
The belts of latitude over the oceans at approximately 30°-35° N & S where winds are predominately calm or very light and weather is hot and dry. The name is believed to originated in the days of sailing ships, when the voyage across the Atlantic in whose latitudes was often prolonged by calms or baffling winds so that water ran short, and ships carrying horses to the West Indies found it necessary to throw the horses overboard.
The belt of latitude at about 30° to 35° where winds are predominantly light and weather is hot and dry. In centuries past, ships carrying heavy cargo would get "stuck" in these latitudes (since all trans-oceanic ships then were wind driven). Captains would order their crew to throw off heavy cargo to make the ship lighter and easier for light winds to move. Unfortunately for horses onboard these ships, they were often the ones to be tossed overboard. Hence the name. Humid Continental Climate: A climate characterized by severe winters and mild to warm summers with adequate annual precipitation. Typically located over large continental areas in the Northern Hemisphere Between about 40° and 70° latitude. Humidity: Relative Humidity is the ratio of the actual vapor pressure to the saturated vapor pressure, expressed as a percentage. Specific Humidity is the ratio of the mass of water vapor to the total mass of moist air. It is almost the same as the Humidity Mixing Ratio which is the ratio of the mass of water vapor to the mass of dry air. This is usually given in grams of water vapor per kg of dry air.
The region of the subtropical high in which winds are weak.
Located between 30° North and 30° South in the vicinity of the equator, this area typically has calm or light and variable winds. Related terms: equatorial trough, the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), and doldrums
Horse Latitudes is tenth collection of poetry from the Northern Irish poet Paul Muldoon. It was published by Faber and Faber on 19th October, 2006.