Jet Stream

Relatively fast uniform winds concentrated within the upper atmosphere in a narrow band. A number of jet streams have been identified in the atmosphere. The polar jet stream exists in the mid-latitudes at an altitude of approximately 10 kilometers. This jet stream flows from west to east at average speeds, depending on the time of year, between 110 to 185 kilometers per hour. Another strong jet stream occurs above the sub-tropical highs at an altitude of 13 kilometers. This jet stream is commonly called the subtropical jet stream. The subtropical jet stream’s winds are not as strong as the polar jet stream.

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