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What is the difference between Air, Wind and Breeze?

February 23, 2015 4:35 PM |

It’s a warm day and I can feel the sun burning against my skin but the light wind caressing my face is bringing occasional stints of a pleasant feeling. Wait…is it wind? Or should I call it breeze? Many of us confuse between the terms air, wind and breeze. This article will definitely bring a clear picture about these terms.

What is Air?

The gaseous mixture in our atmosphere is called air. It includes oxygen, which we breathe and carbon dioxide which we exhale. In fact, it includes every gas that makes up the atmosphere. Colder the temperature, denser the air and vice versa.

Wind DirectionWhat is Wind?

Wind is the horizontal motion of air, due to the pressure difference between two places. Wind is the perceptible natural movement of the air, especially in the form of a current of air blowing from a particular direction.

But the question arises, why do we get these differences? It's due to the rising and sinking of air in the atmosphere. Places where air is rising we see lower pressure at the earth's surface, and where it's sinking we see higher pressure. On any level surface in Northern Hemisphere, wind always blow keeping low pressure to its left. For instance, when there is low pressure in South India during winter season we get easterly winds, keeping low pressure to its left.

In case there were no rising and sinking motion in the atmosphere, there would be no wind and also no weather.

What is Breeze?

Light wind which has a soothing feeling, especially when it is a warm and sultry day is called breeze. We can simply say that wind blowing at a certain speed is called breeze.

Breeze is a very light wind which we can just feel, while wind blows harder and we can even hear it. Wind and breeze are two sides of the same coin. When it's soothing we call it breeze and when harsh it is generally referred as wind.


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