Ferrel's law

noun
Fer·​rel's law | \ ˈferəlz- \

Definition of Ferrel's law

: a statement in meteorology: a wind in any direction tends to deflect to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern with a force that is directly proportional to the mass of wind in question, its velocity, the sine of the latitude, and the angular velocity of the earth's rotation

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History and Etymology for Ferrel's law

after William Ferrel †1891 American meteorologist, its formulator

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“Ferrel's law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ferrel%27s%20law. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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