Types of Jet Streams

Jet streams are winds that blow horizontally from west to east at a high speed near the tropopause and the stratosphere. These are high-speed winds that influence the weather and climatic conditions of the region over which they blow. There are two types of jet streams

Types of Jet Streams

There are two types of jet streams that blow at a tropical belt of 300 north latitudes — the westerly jet stream and the easterly jet stream.

A branch of the Westerly jet stream brings moderate to heavy rainfall followed by cold waves in the Indian subcontinent.

The Easterly jet stream also helps the monsoon winds to blow into the greater part of India and bring monsoon showers.

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