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The dragging effects of landmass

This tri-core vortex formation that has a meandering shape boundary as observed in the satellite image below is the Arctic polar vortex. Atmospheric air molecules are bonded in intermolecular cohesion, therefore when an Arctic polar vortex is generated, all the atmospheric layers at the North Pole driven by a rotation force would spin in unison. At the North Pole, when a cyclonic wind current in its path is met with blocking mountain ranges, it is dragged and thus its overall intensity would be weaken.

Arctic polar vortex on North Pole

Atmospheric layers of Earth

Although the altitude of stratosphere is from 10 kilometers to 50 kilometers, the higher density troposphere air mass at the bottom blocked by mountain ranges acts as a brake, dragging the air at stratosphere from spinning with full strength. This would absolutely reduce the intensity of the Arctic polar vortex at the North Pole, as the result the vortex column could not be formed like the Antarctica polar votex on the opposite side of the Earth that is relatively free of blockage.

This phenomenon could be understood with a whirlpool experiment.

A steady whirlpool on right was generated by a vortex machine to form a free vortex in water.

Some stones were placed at the bottom of the tank to simulate the dragging effects of landmass, and thus the vortex immediately looses its intensity and reduce to a blind vortex (not shown) that does not have a vortex column, at times the vortex had even dissipated completely.

When the stones were removed, the intensity of the vortex was observed to built up quickly and the vortex column was formed again as shown in the image.

See the UVS topic on "Tornado" that explain how land masses could have diverted the path of a jet stream to a narrow terrain, and when intensified in a narrow path of for airflow, a chain of tornadoes could be formed when a strong Solar System alignment effect occurs.

A whirlpool experiment with a free vortex generated in a tank of water.

See an externally linked topic on "Gulf Stream" that illustrates ocean currents are shaped by their landmass effect.



References and links:
Gulf Stream - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ocean currents
- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Image of polar vortex on northern hemisphere - Science Daily
Earth's atmosphere Chart - Nasa


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