Ferrel's law

noun Fer·rel's law \ˈferəlz-\

Definition of Ferrel's law

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of ferrel's law

after William Ferrel †1891 American meteorologist, its formulator


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