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    Re: Definition of term
    From: Vic Fraenckel
    Date: 2003 Jan 24, 14:31 -0500

    FWIW: In the '60s when I was a meteorologist for the US Air Force, backing
    referred to the the change of wind direction against the compass and veering
    with the compass, i.e.  wind at 150 deg veered to 180  deg and backed to 120
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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Walter Guinon" 
    Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 10:03 AM
    Subject: Re: Definition of term
    | I always thought of it as backing against the clock but maybe the clocks
    | well as the lows run backwards down there.
    | On a related but different notion are the maps and charts of southern hemi
    | countries printed with South at the top?
    | --- John Titterton  wrote:
    | > After reading the information on the correct naming convention for a
    | > ship, I too am in dispute with others regarding the nautical term "back"
    | > or "backing" (the opposite of "veer").
    | >
    | > British reference books all appear to define the term as:
    | > The wind is said to back when it changes direction anticlockwise.
    | > (Note that there is no reference to the different hemispheres)
    | >
    | > US reference books all appear to define the term as:
    | > A change in wind direction in reverse of the normal pattern, or
    | > counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the
    | > Southern Hemisphere.
    | >
    | > Who is correct? What is the correct definition?
    | >
    | > John Titterton
    | > Cape Town
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