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Jet Streaks
wind speed maxima within the jet stream

Jet streaks are localized regions of very fast winds embedded within the jet stream. Sometimes these local wind maxima reach speeds in excess of 160 knots. Below is an ETA Model forecast panel for 300 mb winds and geopotential heights (white contours). The color filled regions indicate wind speed in knots and is color coded according to the legend at the bottom of the image. The shades of blue indicate winds less than 60 knots, while winds greater than 120 knots are given in shades of red.

[Image: jet streak example (21K)]

The yellow, green and red ribbon on the image above represent the jet stream, and along the East Coast, the region of strongest winds (shaded in red) is a jet streak.


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Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.