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vorticity

[vawr-tis-i-tee] /vɔrˈtɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural vorticities. Mechanics
1.
a measure of the circulation of a fluid: a quantity equal to twice the angular momentum of a particle of the fluid around which there is circulation.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Latin vortic- (stem of vortex; see vortex) + -ity
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  • In reality, it's the clash between warm air and cold air plus vorticity that causes storms.
  • From a limited number of observations it appears that vorticity is a common feature in the inner plasma sheet.
  • The vertical vorticity is then intensified as it becomes stretched by strong updrafts fueled by environmental instability.
  • The main focus of the researchers has been on the application of the concept of potential vorticity tendency.
  • There must be a strong updraft and source of vertical vorticity for strong mesocyclone and tornado development.

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