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Prevailing Winds, Caribbean-Style

One of the few golden rules in natural navigation is this: make sure you get to know the winds in the area you are travelling.

As this photo of a tree in Barbuda shows, once you know which way the winds have been been blowing, some quite obvious clues to direction can appear, wherever you are.

In fact there is not a single terrain on Earth, from the centre of the Pacific to the heart of an urban jungle, where some knowledge of prevailing winds can’t be useful.

In Barbuda, the prevailing wind direction is from the east, so in this picture we are looking north.

My thanks to James Axtell for sending the photo.