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Land Breeze
Land Breeze
A coastal breeze blowing from land to sea, caused by temperature difference when the sea surface is warmer than the adjacent land. Therefore, it usually blows at night and alternates with a sea breeze, which blows in the opposite direction by day.
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source: FAA Aviation Weather for Pilots (AC 00-6A)

A coastal breeze at night blowing from land to sea, caused by the difference in the rates of cooling of their respective surfaces.
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source: NOAA National Weather Service Glossary

A land breeze or offshore breeze is the reverse of a land breeze and is caused by land cooling more quickly than water in the evening. The sea breeze dissipates and the wind flows from the land towards the sea. Both are important factors in coastal regions' prevailing winds. A sea breeze or onshore breeze is a gentle wind that develops over bodies of water near land due to differences in air pressure created by their different heat capacity. It is a common occurrence along coasts during the morning as solar radiation heats the land more quickly than the water.
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source: Wikitionary / Wikipedia and Related Sources (Edited)


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