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Gravity wave?

  1. Mar 21, 2008 #1
    Gravity Waves Make Tornados

    The flows in the atmosphere are not only horizontal or vertical (convection) but it can also be in wave form:

    Perhaps the name "gravity wave" is misleading, it causes associations with alleged propagation of gravity. Well known wave forming of wind takes place behind the mountains, it's updrafts are heaven for glider pilots. Anyway now it seems that:

    Interesting but how? And couldn't it be that thunderstorms cause gravity waves instead?
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