How Does a Mid-Latitude Low Develop into a Storm System?
ES2003  Visualizing a Mid-Latitude Storm System

This animation shows the development of a typical mid-latitude storm system. Play it several times and observe the movement of the air masses, fronts, and clouds. Think about how the Coriolis Effect creates the rotation for the system.

  !   Click the image to play the animation. Use the slider to examine different parts of the sequence.

Adapted from Peter J. Robinson and Ann Henderson-Sellers, 1999
and Russell D. Thompson, 1998

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