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beta drift

(tendency for a cyclone to drift poleward and westward)

Beta drift is a meteorological term for a tendency of cyclones to drift toward the nearer pole and toward the west, specifically the amount of drift beyond what the Coriolis force by itself would produce, due to the interaction Coriolis force's interaction with the circular wind-pattern of the cyclone.


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Further reading:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_cyclone#Beta_drift
http://glossary.ametsoc.org/wiki/Beta_drift

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