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Buys Ballot's Law

  • Definition: A law describing the relationship between the wind direction and the pressure distribution. In the Northern Hemisphere, if you stand with your back to the surface wind, then turn clockwise about 30 degrees, lower pressure will be to your left. In the Southern Hemisphere, stand with your back to the surface wind, then turn counterclockwise about 30 degrees, lower pressure will be to your right.

    Source: Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere (fifth edition) by C. Donald Ahrens

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