●The sun generates powerful magnetic fields and when fields
collide, the solar wind results
●If Astronauts are exposed to solar wind, it could kill them
●The magnetic field, generated by the Earth’s core, acts as the
Earth’s invisible shield from solar wind.
The Earth’s magnetic field results from the convection of the thick molten
iron surrounding the very dense core.
■Any wind system that exists on Earth due to solar radiation or other
forces that occur on Earth
■Associated with most of the meteorological processes that affect our
weather and climate
■The majority of this class with study the effects of planetary wind
Wind Mythology: How different cultures named and considered the power of the winds that
they encountered in their life with gods and goddesses
●Origins in Greek Mythology (Euro-centric)
○There are four Greek gods that are associated with wind:
■Zephyrus- gentle, west wind (Autumn or spring wind)
■Boreas- Chilly, north wind (Fall or winter winds)
■Notos- Southern rain bringer (Summer rains)
■Eurus- Ill-tempered east breeze (Stormy seasons)
●Notice that these four ‘breezes’ are similar to the four seasons
that we experience (in parentheses above).
○Feng Po Po is the name of the wind goddess, who was replaced by Feng Po
○The God of Wind, one of the earliest gods of Shinto, is called Fujin