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geostrophic wind

a wind whose velocity and direction are mathematically defined by the balanced relationship of the pressure gradient force and the Coriolis force: conceived as blowing parallel to isobars.
Compare gradient wind.
Origin of geostrophic wind
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • geostrophic wind components were computed from the heights at the three levels.
  • Surface isobars confirm the persistent southwest geostrophic wind gradient noted earlier.
  • The latest available surface geostrophic wind plot displays.
  • The purpose is to establish standing patterns as a function of geostrophic wind direction and terrain aspect ratio.

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