When you forecast the wind, does this indicate the direction to which the wind comes from or is blowing towards? Ellen, Rochester
Simply, when meteorologists are referring to wind direction and forecasted winds this is the direction in which the wind is coming from and not the direction that wind is going. For instance, a wind out of the southwest essentially means that the wind is blowing from the southwest to northeast. The easiest way to calculate wind direction is by associating the degree markings on a circle which would be from 0 to 360 degrees. For example if a wind is coming from the east it would be a 90 degree wind. In addition if the wind was coming from the west that would be a 270 degree wind. For the record our highest wind speed yesterday was 66 mph and that was from the west southwest.