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Hurricanes and Cyclones and Typhoons


MrMuffinMan

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Today is a beautiful day for a hurricane and since we have no school we all get to sit home and watch the hurricane bear down us on the radar. Looking at the Google earth we can all see that Sandy looks like a giant cloud with a hole in the middle that is spinning counter clockwise. But why? The answer is the Coriolis effect. Now what the heck is that? "In physics, the Coriolis effect is a deflection of moving objects when they are viewed in a rotating reference frame." This is saying that an object traveling "straight" like winds, on something that is rotating, such as the earth appear to curve when looking from the earth. So the Coriolis effect causes winds to deflect to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and left in the Southern. So when a low pressure system forms in the Northern Hemisphere, and air rushes to fill the area, the winds deflect to the right and cause the counter-clockwise motion to start

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