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Buys Ballot's law




In meteorology, a law which states that when an observer stands with his back to the wind in the northern hemisphere, there is high pressure to his right and low pressure to his left. In the southern hemisphere the reverse holds true. It was named after the Dutch meteorologist Christoph Hendrik Didericus Buys Ballot (1817–1890), who published it in 1875.


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