Fun with Equations: The Omega Equation & it’s role in weather forecasting

July 6, 2018 0 Comments

This fun equation is called the Quasi-Geostrophic Omega equation and it helps meteorologist determine rising motion in the atmosphere. The equation is useful from a theoretical sense as it depends on two major parameters that can tell us whether or not air will rise. The first term in this equation is vorticity advection. This essentially tells us where the spin in the atmosphere is moving. The second term is our temperature advection. This is simply whether cold air is moving into a region or warm air is. These two things will help meteorologists know whether or not air will rise in a certain area.

It is important to know whether or not air will rise because that lift is a key ingredient in the formation of thunderstorms. So this complex equation is actually incredibly useful in forecasting large-scale features like a major winter storm or a significant area of low pressure in the summertime. We’ll dive deeper into this equation and its benefits later next week.

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