What Causes the Intertropical Convergence Zone?


The intertropical convergence zone is caused by the trade winds from the southern and northern hemisphere which causes the air masses to meet along inter-tropical convergence zone. It was originally identified in 1920s to 1940s and is now used in weather production.
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The intertropical convergence zones are areas directly along the equator where winds from the northern and southern hemisphere interact, usually as masses of clouds and thunderstorms
The answer is (1)There would have been only one wind zone (insead of three) had there been no rotation of the earth and the consequent coriolis force.
Our graphic on Converging winds bring Seattle rain and the links with with the text under the graphic will answer your question. (Answered by Jack Williams, USATODAY.com weather editor
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