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WW2010
 
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> online guides
 
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  educational cd-rom
 
  current weather
 
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Online Guides
 
  introduction
 
> meteorology
 
  remote sensing
 
  reading maps
 
  projects, activities

Meteorology
 
  introduction
 
  air masses, fronts
 
  clouds, precipitation
 
  el nino
 
> forces, winds
 
  hurricanes
 
  hydrologic cycle
 
  light, optics
 
  midlatitude cyclones
 
  severe storms
 
  weather forecasting

Forces, Winds
 
  introduction
 
> pressure
 
  pressure gradient
 
  coriolis force
 
  geostrophic wind
 
  gradient wind
 
  friction
 
  boundary layer wind
 
  sea breezes
 
  land breezes

Pressure
 
  definition
 
  variation with height
 
  isobars
 
  pressure surfaces
 
  variation with temps
 
  high pressure center
 
  low pressure center
 
> pressure gradient

User Interface
 
  graphics
> text

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Pressure Gradient Force
points from higher to lower pressure

The change in pressure measured across a given distance called a Pressure Gradient.

The pressure gradient creates a net force that is directed from higher to lower pressure and is called the Pressure Gradient Force.

[Image: animation of air directed by the pressure gradient force (35K)]

This force is responsible for triggering the initial movement of air, which in turn leads to the development of wind. As air increases in velocity, it is deflected by the Coriolis Force.


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Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.