That steady breeze that keeps the temperature of St. John idyllic nearly every day of the year? That would be the trade winds. The glorious, delicious trade winds!
Trade winds are defined as steady-blowing winds near the equator. Two distinct belts of trade winds blow around the globe, from the tropical high pressure to the low pressure zone at the equator.
The concept of the trade winds was first noted in the early 15th century by Portuguese sailors leaving from West Africa. The trade winds dictated early global trade, as many ships at the time could not traverse into the wind. In the mid-nineteenth century, Matthew Fontaine Maury was the first to chart the earth’s ocean currents.For more about trade winds, checkout
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