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Published November 16, 2006

When the Weather Channel reports that the wind is blowing directionally, which way is it coming from and which way is it going?

The Weather Channel says it reports the direction from which the wind comes. For example, a westerly wind is blowing from the west and toward the east. Wind directions are based on true north, and reported to the nearest 10 degrees. That is why you will hear about southeasterly or northwesterly winds.

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