Posted by dave on August 29, 2001 at 19:26:53:
In Reply to: Meterology posted by Harold Ericsson on August 28, 2001 at 14:15:12:
A tornado is cloudborne, a dust devil is not. They rotate due to the Coriolis Force. Or is it Coriolis effect? Anyway it is named after the French physicist Gaspard de Coriolis, who first analyzed the phenomenon mathematically.
Ohio state has a pretty good page devoted to explaining it.