How Air Pressure Works

Wind tends to move from high pressure areas (H) to low-pressure areas (L), kind of like two very energetic children on a teeter-totter–with balance being the main objective. Also, the closer a high and low are to each other, the faster the winds move. If you’d like to experience this phenomenon in the real world, here’s a simple experiment you can perform: Stand outside with the wind to your back (hold out your arms to get a better feel). You will be facing the area of lower pressure, even if it’s hundreds of miles away.

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