The processes that produce wind are complex
It’s cold! (well it is in UK and Europe at the moment). Temperature differences between air masses lead to pressure differences, and this produces wind. The winter brings higher temperature gradients, especially when cold fronts move in from polar regions and this causes wind speeds that are higher than normal. Why?
As a natural phenomenon that we experience everyday, wind can be easily taken for granted. However, the processes that produce wind are complex and dependant on many factors – some examples are air temperature, the distribution of land and water, and even Earth’s rotation.
In simple terms, wind is caused by a pressure difference between air masses. This is similar to how water flows from a pressurised supply to plumbing fixtures which discharge water at atmospheric pressure. Commercial ventilation systems operate with a similar principle, since air-handling units supply pressurised air that is distributed by ductwork.