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Buys-Ballot's law

[bahys-buh-lots]
noun Meteorology.
the law stating that if one stands with one's back to the wind, in the Northern Hemisphere the atmospheric pressure will be lower on one's left and in the Southern Hemisphere it will be lower on one's right: descriptive of the relationship of horizontal winds to atmospheric pressure.

Origin:
named after C. H. D. Buys-Ballot (1817–90), Dutch meteorologist

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Buys Ballot's law (baɪs bəˈlɒts, bɔɪs)
 
n
a law stating that if an observer stands with his back to the wind in the N hemisphere, atmospheric pressure is lower on his left, and vice versa in the S hemisphere
 
[named after C. H. D. Buys Ballot (1817--90), Dutch meteorologist]

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