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How much does the rotation of our planet affect weather patterns and ocean currents?

Jack Carabotta, Kent, Ohio
RELATED TOPICS: WEATHER
This visualization pairs NASA weather and climate observations to model one month of the jet stream’s meandering path above North America.
Earth’s rotation has a significant effect on our weather. In the Northern Hemisphere, planetary rotation deflects a moving mass to the right and in the Southern to the left. In inertial space, such movement would be straight, but to an observer on Earth it curves.

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