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prevailing winds


   I am planning on riding the east coast of the U.S. during mid August through mid September.  I would prefer to begin in Maine and end in Florida, but I have heard that due to prevailing winds this time of year, that I should instead go from Florida to Maine.  Any comments would be very much appreciated.  Thanks!

I spent some time searching for prevailing wind maps and came up with this website that has maps arranged by month. I used them to decide whether to do the Southern Tier east to west or west to east. I just finished the ride two weeks ago and although the maps were accurate 90%, the other 10% the winds were very much affected by local weather. A front moving through or rain/thunderstorms can turn winds 180 degrees from their "normal" direction. However, these will certainly help you make your decision:

Best of luck on your tour
Richard Pace


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