MadSci Network: Earth Sciences

Re: Aren't the winds in a hurricane angular rather than linear?

Date: Sat Jan 28 16:21:47 2006
Posted By: Nezette Rydell, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 1137605759.Es

All winds on the earth are linear...they are vectors having both dimensions
of speed and direction.  Winds move from high to low pressure at an angle
to the pressure gradient.  That angle is determined by the relative
strengths of the pressure gradient force and the coriolis force and
frictional effects in the layer of the atmosphere closes to the surface. 
Check out this brief tutorial from the University of Illinois at

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