# Thread: question of the day

1. ## question of the day

I was asked this question today. Is it possible to have a north wind if you are standing on the north pole?

I know my answer, but I'll let you dwell on it for a bit.

2. im assuming yes somehow, but i am not sure

3. All of the wind in the northern hemisphere converges onto the north pole and forms a vortex portal to the land of gum drops and unicorns. So no.

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haha good question, id say technically if you are standing right on the true north pole, than the wind is certainly not coming from true north ( unless maybe its a straight downdraft ??! )

However, i think what they actually do is take a map of the area and orient it so that 0 degrees longitude is pointing "up" and overlay a grid on top. Zero longitude then marks the north and south directions, while 90 degrees clockwise from north (90E) is grid east, 270 is west, and so on.

so, while it is perfectly sensible to speak of north wind at the north pole... the definition is practical, and not founded in any truth about the directions of the compass.
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5. Originally Posted by SkegLegs
All of the wind in the northern hemisphere converges onto the north pole and forms a vortex portal to the land of gum drops and unicorns. So no.
Definitely what he said...

6. I'm gonna say no, because most or the airflow will circulate with the movement of the Earth's rotations, so it will go in a certain direction.

But what do I know, I've never been there

7. if you are at the north pole according to the lines of latitude and longitude the than the wind would always blow from the south because every direction is south from there. they probably measure it in degress out of 360 starting at the prime meridian would be 0. then you can raise a whole other question if you wanna talk about magnetic north.

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All winds are south winds at the north pole. You can't even really distinguish east and west from that point.

9. I agree with knuckle and olya. And now i'm going to google it because i need to know the answer

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Originally Posted by Swellinfo
I was asked this question today. Is it possible to have a north wind if you are standing on the north pole?

I know my answer, but I'll let you dwell on it for a bit.
Well I was told in physics class years ago that the North Pole is actually the South Pole and the South is really the North.

By that I would have to say yes you can get a north wind on the North Pole.