# What would happen to winds if Earth were to stop rotating?

## What would happen to winds if Earth were to stop rotating?

If the planet stopped spinning, it would greatly change the way air currents move (once the 1,000 mph winds had died down). The wind patterns we see today play a significant role in driving rainfall and temperatures around the globe.

What would happen if the world stopped spinning for one second?

If the Earth stopped spinning suddenly, the atmosphere would still be in motion with the Earth’s original 1100 mile per hour rotation speed at the equator. This means rocks, topsoil, trees, buildings, your pet dog, and so on, would be swept away into the atmosphere.

Why can’t I feel the Earth spinning?

Earth moves very fast. It spins (rotates) at a speed of about 1,000 miles (1600 kilometers) per hour and orbits around the Sun at a speed of about 67,000 miles (107,000 kilometers) per hour. We do not feel any of this motion because these speeds are constant.

### What happens to the Earth if the Earth stops rotating?

If that motion suddenly stopped, the momentum would send things flying eastward. Moving rocks and oceans would trigger earthquakes and tsunamis. The still-moving atmosphere would scour landscapes.

What happens to the Moon if the Earth stops spinning?

Earth and the moon are currently tidally locked. Thus, the moon pulls the oceans around and around the Earth as it orbits the Earth. When the Earth stops spinning, the moon doesn’t stop revolving around the Earth. Slowly, ever so slowly, it would begin to make the Earth rotate.

Why does the Earth spin around the equator?

Because someone on the equator is traveling more than 24,000 miles in a day while someone researching at in the Antarctic, near the South pole, is traveling a far smaller distance. Let’s pretend we all meet up for hot cocoa on the equator just before this invisible hand comes down and stops Earth from spinning.

## How often does the Earth rotate in the clockwise direction?

Our Earth rotates once every day, from East to West, or in the counter clockwise direction if we were to look down from the North pole. We often think of a day as 24 hours, but this isn’t quite right. It actually completes one full rotation every 23 hours 56 minutes 4.09053 seconds (yes, we know this quite accurately).