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SOME ELEMENTARY THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN WIND AND PRESSURE IN LOW LATITUDES

STANLEY L. ROSENTHALNational Hurricane Research Laboratory, Environmental Science Services Administration, Miami, Fla.

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ROBERT W. REEVESNational Hurricane Research Laboratory, Environmental Science Services Administration, Miami, Fla.

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Abstract

The relationship between wind and pressure in the equatorial zone of a barotropic, nondivergent atmosphere is examined. Cyclostrophic effects prove to be of major importance. The results indicate that it is extremely difficult to devise pictorial models of the wind-pressure relationship near the equator. The impact of this conclusion upon operational low-latitude analysis by both subjective and machine methods is discussed.

Abstract

The relationship between wind and pressure in the equatorial zone of a barotropic, nondivergent atmosphere is examined. Cyclostrophic effects prove to be of major importance. The results indicate that it is extremely difficult to devise pictorial models of the wind-pressure relationship near the equator. The impact of this conclusion upon operational low-latitude analysis by both subjective and machine methods is discussed.

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