Skip to comments.Soap Bubbles May Help Predict Hurricane Paths
Posted on 06/14/2012 6:36:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Vortex research could add to knowledge of small-scale variations in tropical cyclones
Although it's well-known that a tempest sometimes shows up in a teapot, it turns out that something smaller and far more ephemeral a soap bubble can also accommodate a squall. Such was the discovery of a group of physicists at the University of Bordeaux; when they heated hand-size soap bubbles, vortexes of color swirled into action and went dancing across the delicate orbs.
"Soon after we started seeing these things, we thought, 'Wow, that looks like a hurricane,'" said Hamid Kellay, a professor of physics at the French university.
An experiment was born. By studying the motions of the mini-soap storms, the group developed a mathematical model that can project, in part, the trajectory of a tropical cyclone the umbrella term used to describe tropical storms and hurricanes. The research was published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.
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Yeah, I'll hold my breath till this happens.
yippee! More of my hard earned tax dollars they can waste on “studies”.
Jesus wept...I’m so sick of this.
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