Saturday, April 14, 2012

Time series cross section of total horizontal wind speed in a 2 m diameter dust devil from the Mojave Desert in August 2004. The dust devil is moving toward the left, and the time axis that serves as a proxy for the horizontal axis is scaled to be consistent with the height axis. Note that the peak wind speedoccurs slightly outside the visible core (where there is a peak of combined radial and tangential wind speeds) and at about 4 m height in the front wall of the vortex. Note also that that high wind speeds extend almost to the ground in the back wall. After Metzger et al. [2004a]. (Balme and Greeley: DUST DEVILS ON EARTH AND MARS)

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