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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

What do you think might happen to the diverging air of an anticyclone if there is a cyclone nearby?

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What might happen to the diverging air of an anticyclone, if there is a cyclone nearby.

Explanation

Consider an anticyclone (where air moves out of a high pressure region) taking place in the Northern Hemisphere. Here, the air flows from the high pressure center to outward in every direction as a result of the presure gradient. As the air moves, being in the Northern Hemisphere, it would get deflected to the right (in response to Coriolis effect), disregarding the direction to which it was really moving.

Consequently, the winds flowing out of an anticyclone in the Northern Hemisphere flow away from the center of a high pressure region in a clockwise spiral fashion. As a result of the pressure gradient, air from every direction would move into the center of the low pressure region (cyclone)...

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