Definitions for "HORSE LATITUDES"
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.