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What is the wind called that blows from southwest to northeast?

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A wind blowing from the southwest to the northeast is known as a southwest wind. According to USA Today, winds are named for the direction from which they are blowing, not the directions in which they are blowing. A northeast wind, for example, blows toward the southwest from the northeast.

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What is the wind called that blows from southwest to northeast?
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However, many people are confused by the fact that wind directions are mentioned in other contexts, according to USA Today. For instance, while a ship taking a southerly course is moving toward the south, a southerly wind is blowing from the south. This is confusing to those who are not weather experts.

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