A new scaling for tornado-like vortices

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A new approach is presented for the nondimensionalization of the Navier-Stokes equations for tornado-like vortices. This scaling is based on the results of recent numerical simulations and physical reasoning. The method clarifies and unifies the results of numerous earlier studies that used numerical simulations of axisymmetric incompressible flow to study tornadoes. Some examples are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2639-2645
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number7 II
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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