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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atmospheric Science