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# Maps - Interpreting wind speed and direction

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Go to http://www.weather.unisys.com/upper_air/ua_500.html to bring up the current 500mb chart for the U.S.

1. What is the wind speed and direction at Denver on the 500 mb chart?

2. Be sure to indicate the direction (North, Northwest, etc.) that the wind is coming from.

##### Solution Summary

Referring to a current 500mb chart for the U.S., this solution identifies and explains the wind speed and direction at Denver on the 500 mb chart, including the direction (North, Northwest, etc.) that the wind is coming from. It also includes a valuable resource to use in interpreting these types of maps.

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With the use of a few simple tools, the interpretation of the numbers and symbols on the map is much easier. Please refer, then, to my attached response and, additionally, I added a valuable resource for you to use in interpreting these types of maps.

Initially, this map is confusing indeed. However, as stated in the response section, with the use of a few simple tools, the interpretation of the numbers and symbols on the map becomes much easier. First, then, you may find it helpful to go over the attached file, to get the basic ideas behind reading the numbers and symbols used on this map.

Now, refer to the current 500mb chart for the U.S., and locate Denver on the map. As you have read in the attachment, the wind barb indicates wind direction and wind speed (refer to the file attached for the different types of wind barb symbols and how to interpret them). As ...

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