Tornadoes, hurricanes and lows rotate counter-clockwise here...what about the southern hemisphere?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on May 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Tornadoes, hurricanes and lows rotate counter-clockwise here...what about the southern hemisphere?

Hurricanes and low pressure systems do spin counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere. Tornadoes usually do, though not always. The behavior of the intense thundershowers that produce tornadoes does occasionally result in clockwise-rotating tornadoes...but not very often. The opposite is true in the southern hemisphere-each of the types of weather mentioned-hurricanes, lows and tornadoes rotate or spin clockwise south of the equator. The reason is what's called the Coriolis force, which is the result of our planets' rotation...or spin.

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