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Cyclonic Flow - Winds blow in and counterclockwise about a cyclone (low) in the Northern Hemisphere and in and clockwise about a cyclone in the Southern Hemisphere.


CYCLONIC FLOW Winds that blow in and around a cyclone, that is counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
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This disturbance is characterized by distinct cyclonic flow, a pocket of cold air, and sometimes a jet streak. These features make the air aloft more unstable and conducive to clouds and precipitation.

Other phenomena with cyclonic flow may be referred to by this term, such as dust devils, tornadoes, and tropical and extratropical systems. The opposite of an anticyclone or a high pressure system.

Instead of flowing down the gradient, the air tends to flow perpendicular to the air-pressure gradient and forms a cyclonic flow. This is an example of a more general case of geostrophic flow in which air flows along isobars.

"Cyclogenesis" may refer to the birth of a cyclone or the intensification of cyclonic flow (counterclockwise circulation) around a low pressure system.

Vorticity - Spin of the air indicating rotation. Positive vorticity is cyclonic flow, while negative vorticity is anticyclonic.

Hurricanes generally seem to ride on the anticyclonic flow of the large oceanic highs, "recurving" to accompany them along coasts to the west. However, the paths of hurricanes are highly unpredictable for individual storms.

See also: See also: Cyclonic, Hemisphere, Norther, Water, Atmosphere

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