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In meteorology, **absolute angular momentum** refers to the angular momentum in an 'absolute' coordinate system (absolute time and space).

**Meteorology** is a branch of the atmospheric sciences which includes atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics, with a major focus on weather forecasting. The study of meteorology dates back millennia, though significant progress in meteorology did not occur until the 18th century. The 19th century saw modest progress in the field after weather observation networks were formed across broad regions. Prior attempts at prediction of weather depended on historical data. It was not until after the elucidation of the laws of physics and more particularly, the development of the computer, allowing for the automated solution of a great many equations that model the weather, in the latter half of the 20th century that significant breakthroughs in weather forecasting were achieved. An important domain of weather forecasting is marine weather forecasting as it relates to maritime and coastal safety, in which weather effects also include atmospheric interactions with large bodies of water.

In physics, **angular momentum** is the rotational equivalent of linear momentum. It is an important quantity in physics because it is a conserved quantity—the total angular momentum of a closed system remains constant.

In geometry, a **coordinate system** is a system that uses one or more numbers, or **coordinates**, to uniquely determine the position of the points or other geometric elements on a manifold such as Euclidean space. The order of the coordinates is significant, and they are sometimes identified by their position in an ordered tuple and sometimes by a letter, as in "the *x*-coordinate". The coordinates are taken to be real numbers in elementary mathematics, but may be complex numbers or elements of a more abstract system such as a commutative ring. The use of a coordinate system allows problems in geometry to be translated into problems about numbers and *vice versa*; this is the basis of analytic geometry.

Angular momentum **L** equates with the cross product of the position (vector) **r** of a particle (or fluid parcel) and its absolute linear momentum **p**, equal to `m`**v**, the product of mass and velocity. Mathematically,

In mathematics and vector algebra, the **cross product** or **vector product** is a binary operation on two vectors in three-dimensional space and is denoted by the symbol . Given two linearly independent vectors and , the cross product, , is a vector that is perpendicular to both and and thus normal to the plane containing them. It has many applications in mathematics, physics, engineering, and computer programming. It should not be confused with the dot product.

In geometry, a **position** or **position vector**, also known as **location vector** or **radius vector**, is a Euclidean vector that represents the position of a point *P* in space in relation to an arbitrary reference origin *O*. Usually denoted **x**, **r**, or **s**, it corresponds to the straight line segment from *O* to *P*. In other words, it is the displacement or translation that maps the origin to *P*:

In fluid dynamics, within the framework of continuum mechanics, a **fluid parcel** is a very small amount of fluid, identifiable throughout its dynamic history while moving with the fluid flow. As it moves, the mass of a fluid parcel remains constant, while—in a compressible flow—its volume may change. And its shape changes due to the distortion by the flow. In an incompressible flow the volume of the fluid parcel is also a constant.

Absolute angular momentum sums the angular momentum of a particle or fluid parcel in a relative coordinate system and the angular momentum of that relative coordinate system.

Meteorologists typically express the three vector components of velocity **v** = (`u`, `v`, `w`) (eastward, northward, and upward). The magnitude of the absolute angular momentum **L** per unit mass `m`

where

`M`represents absolute angular momentum per unit mass of the fluid parcel (in m^{2}/s),`r`represents distance from the center of the earth to the fluid parcel (in m),`u`represents earth-relative eastward component of velocity of the fluid parcel (in m/s),`φ`represents latitude (in rad), and`Ω`represents angular rate of Earth's rotation (in rad/s, usually 2 π rad /1 sidereal day ≈ 72.921150 × 10^{−6}rad/s).

In geography, **latitude** is a geographic coordinate that specifies the north–south position of a point on the Earth's surface. Latitude is an angle which ranges from 0° at the Equator to 90° at the poles. Lines of constant latitude, or *parallels*, run east–west as circles parallel to the equator. Latitude is used together with longitude to specify the precise location of features on the surface of the Earth. On its own, the term latitude should be taken to be the *geodetic latitude* as defined below. Briefly, geodetic latitude at a point is the angle formed by the vector perpendicular to the ellipsoidal surface from that point, and the equatorial plane. Also defined are six *auxiliary latitudes* which are used in special applications.

**Earth's rotation** is the rotation of Planet Earth around its own axis. Earth rotates eastward, in prograde motion. As viewed from the north pole star Polaris, Earth turns counter clockwise.

The **radian** is the SI unit for measuring angles, and is the standard unit of angular measure used in many areas of mathematics. The length of an arc of a unit circle is numerically equal to the measurement in radians of the angle that it subtends; one radian is just under 57.3 degrees. The unit was formerly an SI supplementary unit, but this category was abolished in 1995 and the radian is now considered an SI derived unit.

The first term represents the angular momentum of the parcel with respect to the surface of the earth, which depends strongly on weather. The second term represents the angular momentum of the earth itself at a particular latitude (essentially constant at least on non-geological timescales).

In the shallow troposphere of the earth, one can approximate `r`≈`a`, the distance between the fluid parcel and the center of the earth approximately equal to the mean Earth radius:

The **troposphere** is the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere, and is also where nearly all weather conditions take place. It contains approximately 75% of the atmosphere's mass and 99% of the total mass of water vapor and aerosols. The average height of the troposphere is 18 km in the tropics, 17 km in the middle latitudes, and 6 km in the polar regions in winter. The total average height of the troposphere is 13 km.

**Earth radius** is the distance from the center of Earth to a point on its surface. Its value ranges from 6,378 kilometres at the equator to 6,357 kilometres at a pole.

where

`a`represents Earth radius (in m, usually 6.371009 Mm)`M`represents absolute angular momentum per unit mass of the fluid parcel (in m^{2}/s),`u`represents earth-relative eastward component of velocity of the fluid parcel (in m/s),`φ`represents latitude (in rad), and`Ω`represents angular rate of Earth's rotation (in rad/s, usually 2 π rad /1 sidereal day ≈ 72.921150 × 10^{−6}rad/s).

At the North Pole and South Pole (latitude `φ`=±90°=π/2rad), no absolute angular momentum can exist (`M`=0 m^{2}/s because cos(±90°)=0). If a fluid parcel with no eastward wind speed (`u _{0}`=0m/s) originating at the equator (

The zonal pressure gradient and eddy stresses cause torque that changes the absolute angular momentum of fluid parcels.

The terms **zonal** and **meridional** are used to describe directions on a globe.

In atmospheric science, the **pressure gradient** is a physical quantity that describes in which direction and at what rate the pressure increases the most rapidly around a particular location. The pressure gradient is a dimensional quantity expressed in units of Pa/m

In fluid dynamics, an **eddy** is the swirling of a fluid and the reverse current created when the fluid is in a turbulent flow regime. The moving fluid creates a space devoid of downstream-flowing fluid on the downstream side of the object. Fluid behind the obstacle flows into the void creating a swirl of fluid on each edge of the obstacle, followed by a short reverse flow of fluid behind the obstacle flowing upstream, toward the back of the obstacle. This phenomenon is naturally observed behind large emergent rocks in swift-flowing rivers.

**Nutation** is a rocking, swaying, or nodding motion in the axis of rotation of a largely axially symmetric object, such as a gyroscope, planet, or bullet in flight, or as an intended behaviour of a mechanism. In an appropriate reference frame it can be defined as a change in the second Euler angle. If it is not caused by forces external to the body, it is called *free nutation* or *Euler nutation*. A *pure nutation* is a movement of a rotational axis such that the first Euler angle is constant. In spacecraft dynamics, precession is sometimes referred to as nutation.

In physics, **angular velocity** refers to how fast an object rotates or revolves relative to another point, i.e. how fast the angular position or orientation of an object changes with time. There are two types of angular velocity: orbital angular velocity and spin angular velocity. Spin angular velocity refers to how fast a rigid body rotates with respect to its centre of rotation. Orbital angular velocity refers to how fast a rigid body's centre of rotation revolves about a fixed origin, i.e. the time rate of change of its angular position relative to the origin. In general, angular velocity is measured in angle per unit time, e.g. radians per second. The SI unit of angular velocity is expressed as radians/sec with the radian having a dimensionless value of unity, thus the SI units of angular velocity are listed as *1/sec*. Angular velocity is usually represented by the symbol omega. By convention, positive angular velocity indicates counter-clockwise rotation, while negative is clockwise.

**Differential rotation** is seen when different parts of a rotating object move with different angular velocities at different latitudes and/or depths of the body and/or in time. This indicates that the object is not solid. In fluid objects, such as accretion disks, this leads to shearing. Galaxies and protostars usually show differential rotation; examples in the Solar System include the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn.

In 1851, George Gabriel Stokes derived an expression, now known as **Stokes' law**, for the frictional force – also called drag force – exerted on spherical objects with very small Reynolds numbers in a viscous fluid. Stokes' law is derived by solving the Stokes flow limit for small Reynolds numbers of the Navier–Stokes equations.

**Sound pressure** or **acoustic pressure** is the local pressure deviation from the ambient atmospheric pressure, caused by a sound wave. In air, sound pressure can be measured using a microphone, and in water with a hydrophone. The SI unit of sound pressure is the pascal (Pa).

**Particle velocity** is the velocity of a particle in a medium as it transmits a wave. The SI unit of particle velocity is the metre per second (m/s). In many cases this is a longitudinal wave of pressure as with sound, but it can also be a transverse wave as with the vibration of a taut string.

**Particle displacement** or **displacement amplitude** is a measurement of distance of the movement of a sound particle from its equilibrium position in a medium as it transmits a sound wave. The SI unit of particle displacement is the metre (m). In most cases this is a longitudinal wave of pressure, but it can also be a transverse wave, such as the vibration of a taut string. In the case of a sound wave travelling through air, the **particle displacement** is evident in the oscillations of air molecules with, and against, the direction in which the sound wave is travelling.

In physics, a **wave vector** is a vector which helps describe a wave. Like any vector, it has a magnitude and direction, both of which are important: Its magnitude is either the wavenumber or angular wavenumber of the wave, and its direction is ordinarily the direction of wave propagation.

In astrodynamics or celestial mechanics, an **elliptic orbit** or **elliptical orbit** is a Kepler orbit with an eccentricity of less than 1; this includes the special case of a circular orbit, with eccentricity equal to 0. In a stricter sense, it is a Kepler orbit with the eccentricity greater than 0 and less than 1. In a wider sense, it is a Kepler orbit with negative energy. This includes the radial elliptic orbit, with eccentricity equal to 1.

**Stokes flow**, also named **creeping flow** or **creeping motion**, is a type of fluid flow where advective inertial forces are small compared with viscous forces. The Reynolds number is low, i.e. . This is a typical situation in flows where the fluid velocities are very slow, the viscosities are very large, or the length-scales of the flow are very small. Creeping flow was first studied to understand lubrication. In nature this type of flow occurs in the swimming of microorganisms and sperm and the flow of lava. In technology, it occurs in paint, MEMS devices, and in the flow of viscous polymers generally.

In physics, **gravitational acceleration** is the acceleration on an object caused by the force of gravitation. Neglecting friction such as air resistance, all small bodies accelerate in a gravitational field at the same rate relative to the center of mass. This equality is true regardless of the masses or compositions of the bodies.

The **Coriolis frequency***ƒ*, also called the **Coriolis parameter** or **Coriolis coefficient**, is equal to twice the rotation rate *Ω* of the Earth multiplied by the sine of the latitude *φ*.

The **Eötvös effect** is the change in perceived gravitational force caused by the change in centrifugal acceleration resulting from eastbound or westbound velocity. When moving eastbound, the object's angular velocity is increased, and thus the centrifugal force also increases, causing a perceived reduction in gravitational force.

**Position angle**, usually abbreviated **PA**, is the convention for measuring angles on the sky in astronomy. The International Astronomical Union defines it as the angle measured relative to the north celestial pole (NCP), turning positive into the direction of the right ascension. In the standard (non-flipped) images this is a counterclockwise measure relative to the axis into the direction of positive declination.

The **theoretical and experimental justification for the Schrödinger equation** motivates the discovery of the Schrödinger equation, the equation that describes the dynamics of nonrelativistic particles. The motivation uses photons, which are relativistic particles with dynamics described by Maxwell's equations, as an analogue for all types of particles.

For a pure wave motion in fluid dynamics, the **Stokes drift velocity** is the average velocity when following a specific fluid parcel as it travels with the fluid flow. For instance, a particle floating at the free surface of water waves, experiences a net Stokes drift velocity in the direction of wave propagation.

**Rossby-gravity waves** are equatorially trapped waves, meaning that they rapidly decay as their distance increases away from the equator. These waves have the same trapping scale as Kelvin waves, more commonly known as the equatorial Rossby deformation radius. They always carry energy eastward, but their 'crests' and 'troughs' may propagate westward if their periods are long enough.

In classical mechanics, the **central-force problem** is to determine the motion of a particle under the influence of a single central force. A central force is a force that points from the particle directly towards a fixed point in space, the center, and whose magnitude only depends on the distance of the object to the center. In many important cases, the problem can be solved analytically, i.e., in terms of well-studied functions such as trigonometric functions.

**Blade element momentum theory** is a theory that combines both blade element theory and momentum theory. It is used to calculate the local forces on a propeller or wind-turbine blade. Blade element theory is combined with momentum theory to alleviate some of the difficulties in calculating the induced velocities at the rotor.

Holton, James R.; Hakim, Gregory J. (2012), *An introduction to dynamic meteorology*, 5, Waltham, Massachusetts: Academic Press, pp. 342–343, ISBN 978-0-12-384866-6

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