The Coriolis Effect.docx - The Coriolis Effect Imagine yourself standing at the equator preparing to throw a ball to your friend in Florida If you were

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The Coriolis Effect Imagine yourself standing at the equator, preparing to throw a ball to your friend in Florida. If you were to throw that ball, it would land to the right of your friend, because he is moving slower than you and has not caught up yet. Now, imagine yourself at the North Pole, preparing to throw a ball to the same friend. When that ball is thrown, it will also land to the right of him, but this time it’s because he is moving faster than you. This concept may be confusing, but it’s all due to the Coriolis Effect. The Coriolis Effect (put simply) is the force on an object in motion to a rotating reference frame (Earth for example). It’s as simple as the ground moving faster than an object in air. The wind is like the ball in my examples above. In the northern hemisphere wind appears to be oriented right, but in the southern hemisphere they are oriented left. This is why hurricanes move in counter- clockwise rotation in the northern hemisphere and storms in the southern hemisphere move counter-clockwise.
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High projectile objects such as bullets, rockets, and jets are affected by the Coriolis Effect. Pilots have to take into consideration when planning a flight the
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