buys ballot's law


buys ballot's law
\\ˈbīsbəˈläts-, ˈbȯis-\ noun
Usage: usually capitalized both Bs
Etymology: after C.H.D. Buys Ballot died 1890 Dutch meteorologist
: a law in meteorology: when the observer has his back to the wind the lower barometric pressure is to his left in the northern hemisphere and to his right in the southern hemisphere owing to rotation of the earth

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  • Buys Ballot's law — In meteorology, Buys Ballot s law may be expressed as follows: In the Northern Hemisphere, stand with your back to the wind; the low pressure area will be on your left. This is because wind travels counterclockwise around low pressure zones in… …   Wikipedia

  • Buys-Ballot's law — /buys beuh lots /, Meteorol. 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:… …   Universalium

  • Buys-Ballot's law — /buys beuh lots /, Meteorol. 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:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Buys Ballot's law — ▪ atmospheric science       the relation of wind direction with the horizontal pressure distribution named for the Dutch meteorologist C.H.D. Buys Ballot (Buys Ballot, Christophorus), who first stated it in 1857. He derived the law empirically,… …   Universalium

  • Buys Ballot’s Law — The law states that if an observer stands with his back to the wind, then the lower pressure will be on his left in the Northern Hemisphere, and on the right in the Southern Hemisphere. The law is named after Christoph Hendrik Diedrik Buys Ballot …   Aviation dictionary

  • Buys Ballot's Law — /bis bəˈlɒts lɔ/ (say bees buh lots law), /bɔɪs/ (say boys) noun the principle that in the Northern Hemisphere atmospheric pressure is higher on the left when facing into the wind; in the Southern Hemisphere it is higher on the right. {named… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Buys Ballot’s law — if someone in Northern Hemisphere stands with back to wind, atmospheric pressure will be lower to his left hand than to his right, and the reverse in Southern Hemisphere …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Buys Ballot, Christophorus — ▪ Dutch meteorologist born October 10, 1817, Kloetinge, Neth. died February 3, 1890, Utrecht       Dutch meteorologist particularly remembered for his observation in 1857 that the wind tends to blow at right angles to the atmospheric pressure… …   Universalium

  • BUYS BALLOT, Christophorus Henricus Diederlcus — (1817–1890)    Chemist and physicist. After studying mathematics and physics at Utrecht University, Buys Ballot became a lecturer in geology and mineralogy. In 1847, he was appointed professor of mathematics at the same university, and in 1867,… …   Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands

  • Buys Ballot , Christoph Hendrik Diederik — (1817–1890) Dutch meteorologist Buys Ballot was the son of a minister from Kloetinge in the Netherlands. He was educated at the University of Utrecht, obtaining his PhD in 1844, and became professor of mathematics in 1847 and professor of physics …   Scientists


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