Backing is a term, in meteorology, that refers to an anti-clockwise change of direction of a wind with increasing altitude. The corresponding opposite term is veering. The definition of veering is a wind pattern in which the wind direction aloft changes in a clockwise direction relative to that near the Earth surface.
An alternative usage of these two terms is as follows:
- Backing to indicate wind direction at a given height is changing anti-clockwise with time
- Veering to indicate wind direction at a given height is changing clockwise with time
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