urban legends of the coriolis effect

In manu tua, Domine omnes fines terrae.

La terre et toute son etendue est, Seigneur, sous votre puissance.

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true,” but the old Coriolis effect has its own mix, and also has been the subject of myth, urban legend, and many errors, including heliocentrism.


For instance, some have imagined that the Coriolis effect causes hurricanes and typhoons to change their direction of spin at the Equator, and that because of it water goes down the drain in the Southern Hemisphere in the opposite direction from water down the drain in the Northern Hemisphere. However, these stories simply are not so.


Hurricanes and typhoons do not change their direction of spin at the Equator, and water goes down the drain only as according to the design of the drain, not because of any Coriolis effect. The Coriolis effect does not affect either of these. In fact, the Coriolis effect is too insignificant to be noticeable when a person walks, drives, or rides a bicycle any distance. Nobody can notice it riding a horse and buggy, a motorcycle, a bus or a train across town, or across the country, or across any distance near or far. And as it does not affect any of these, it does not affect crop dusters and never any barn stormers. In fact, this supposed effect from a supposedly spinning Earth did not affect any aircraft at all from the earliest development of aviation, and it has not affected any since, even down to today.


All aviation navigation has always been conclusively based on a very clear fixed-Earth assumption. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The only things taken into account there are wind currents, weather, and pressure patterns, altitude, fuel, and latitude and longitude. The Coriolis effect is never taken into account in any navigation of planes or helicopters, or in targeting work with missiles, artillery, satellites, or whatever projectiles. The Germans have built the biggest artillery guns in history, like Big Bertha in WW I, and Gustav in WW II, and in none of their longest range bombardments did they ever allow for any Coriolis effect in their accurate calculations.


Dive bombers and the Stukas, AC-130 gunships, and attack or rescue helicopters have never taken any recon of any motion of the Earth for any missions … from beginning to end. Like all the people and poor sods on the ground, they have never seen the Earth spinning on its axis either. All these things and all cargo transport have always been accomplished based on simple fixed-Earth coordinates and an effectively real fixed-Earth assumption. For success and reliability on any venture, by land, air, or sea, it has been an acutely accurate detail, time and time again, that the Earth is not moving.


Yet a Coriolis effect or something twisted and circular is clearly at work in Foucault’s pendulum; but it is not because of any rotation of the Earth. It is because of something funny in the pendulum’s design, like a little magnetized and gyroscoped setting is hidden away inside the Judeo-Masonic bob.


One should not be surprised. Contradictions, triangulations, and social intrigue go this way and that way, and something is wrong with the picture in New York and Paris, where the plane of oscillation of Foucault's pendulum gradually moves around clockwise, like all other Foucault pendulums in the Northern Hemisphere. Yet all hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere spin counter-clockwise, like Hurricane Irene that hit New York in 2011, while the Foucault pendulum at the UN of the 40th parallel was going clockwise, in the opposite direction.


Because of the Earth’s supposed counter-clockwise rotation in space, when viewed from above the North Pole, the Foucault pendulums in New York and Paris, for example, are designed to go around clockwise. And this clockwise movement of the pendulum is the supposed indication that the Earth is spinning away beneath the bob. In the Southern Hemisphere, the situation is reversed, and a Foucault pendulum in Argentina or South Africa will go counter-clockwise, because of the Earth’s supposed clockwise rotation in space, when viewed from below the South Pole.


A strange thing about the arrangements in these exhibits is the reversal between all the pendulums and all hurricanes and typhoons. Hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere spin counter-clockwise; and typhoons in the Southern Hemisphere spin clockwise. These major storm systems are consistently going in the opposite direction of their respective Foucualt pendulums, north and south, and confounding the supposed natural science p’s and q’s of heliocentrism, and the Coriolis effect, all over.

Understanding it has been said that on Earth all free moving objects, including masses of air, are subject to the Coriolis effect, as a result of the Earth’s spinning rotations, then cyclones and global winds, therefore, have also been imagined to have their patterns as a result of Coriolis forces at work in them too, resulting from the supposed rotations of the Earth. But the notion is contradicted by the counter-clockwise rotation of hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere and the clockwise ones of typhoons in the Southern Hemisphere. This simple fact begins to uncover that these major weather systems are directly contradicting the Foucault pendulum's swings and the idea that there is a Coriolis effect at work in them too, as much as the weather, and resulting from theoretical rotations of the Earth.


For starters then, between the Foucault pendulums and hurricanes and typhoons, the Coriolis effect as a global doctrine of air is going to shambles in opposite directions. Yet as Rumplestiltskins said, "when you can spin straw into gold, price is never a problem." They can afford anything.


The simple fact, however, is that geothermal processes and air temperatures, dryness and moisture, and pressure patterns, determine weather formations across the Earth, not any Coriolis effect from the Earth supposedly wheeling around in space. The wind can blow from any of eight cardinal directions at any time, and whatever patterns of deflection are there are from volume of prevailing temperature and pressure. The Trade Winds would come closest to resembling a would-be Coriolis effect, from rotations of the Earth, if there were any; but they are directly contradicted in this by the Equatorial Doldrums and Sub-Tropical Ridges. Tornadoes also annihilate the idea of a Coriolis effect in the air from any rotations of the Earth --- as they can spin and go either way, mysteriously, wherever they are.


Still, many people are erroneously taught to imagine that on Earth all free moving objects, including masses of air, are subject to the Coriolis effect, as a result of the Earth orbiting the sun. An academic description of the Coriolis effect first appeared in an 1835 paper by Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis, in connection with a theory of water wheels and billiards, and also in the tidal equations of Pierre-Simon Laplace in 1778. Gaspard’s paper was titled “Mathematical Theory of the Game of Billiards”, or “On the Equations of Relative Motion of Systems of Bodies”. this work dealt with issues of spin, friction, and collision in rotating pool tables and various frames of reference, and added new expression “kinetic energy” to describe what is now known as the force of Coriolis.


However, the ways in which billiard balls, water wheels, and bodies of water move are the same ways in which they always have. Thus the Coriolis effect was not anything new to nature, but in the case of heliocentrism, with time, it became inflated far out of context, when inappropriately applied to the cosmology of Earth, since the limited effects are about spin and deflection of moving objects in space, when they are in motion in a rotating frame of reference. For generalization, if the rotation in the reference frame is clockwise, the deflection is viewed going to the left from the point of origin. That is a clockwise rotation can produce a deflection to the left in another moving object or current that comes into contact with it.


If the rotation in the reference frame is counter-clockwise, the deflection is viewed going to the right from the point of origin. A counter-clockwise rotation can produce a deflection to the rigth in another moving object or current that comes into contact with it.


A funny thing about the Foucault pendulum concept is that as the pendulum moves around, but the Earth does not, the pendulum can begin to exhibit its own peculiar Coriolis effect, while the Earth does not. If a round table were placed underneath the pendulum, on a smooth glasslike surface, and it was made to turn in the same direction as the pendulum bob itself goes around the circle, the turning round table would begin to generate its own Coriolis effect, while the Earth still does not. To test it, roll ping pong balls into the table of rotation and watch them be deflected a la Coriolis. Even if the effect is much diminished by slowness, how absurd to see a slowly turning table, that mimics the Foucault pendulum, have a slight Coriolis effect like a rotating pool table would, while the massive body of the Earth, which is supposedly hurtling around the cosmos at astronomically massive velocities, exhibits none.

It is not surprising that the Coriolis effect has been associated with what have been called fictitious forces. Being simple phenomena affecting rotating systems, these forces, like centrifugal and centripetal forces, have been called “fictitious” because a body affected by them does not have to be pushed immediately and continuously by them but only directly. "Directly" in the strict sense of "with direction", from moment to moment, since the fictitious forces must show some direction of motion, though not necessarily through immediate and continuous contact, to show whatever affects. The question of contact, however, is very difficult to avoid.
Centrifugal and centripetal forces in moving systems and objects are like the types of spin. The type of spin is what makes a ball curve in motion, of course. Counter-clockwise spins in hooks in golf and curves in baseball, deflect space to the right and move the ball to the left. Clockwise spins in fades and sliders, deflect space to the left and move the ball to the right, but the Earth is not moving underneath any of them, for all the tea in China.
The Coriolis effect also has been associated in people’s minds with leverage and mechanical advantage. Centrifugal and centripetal forces of spin, for instance, may affect a person moving back and forth on a merry-go-round. When someone moves on a merry-go-round, this force acts in a direction perpendicular to the direction of motion, that is the Coriolis effect acts sideways.
If someone on a merry-go-round goes toward the center of the wheel, he will feel a strange push to the left, if the wheel is going clockwise. If he turns and goes out, he will feel the push change to the right. If the spinning wheel goes counter-clockwise, and someone from the outside moves to the center, he will feel the strange push to the right. If he turns around and moves out on the counter-clockwise spin, he will feel the push change to the left.
Everyone placed on a large spinning surface or merry-go-round will feel a force pushing them outward, regardless of the direction of spin, and even when they are not trying to move independently of it. This is the fictitious centrifugal force in action that results from simple accumulation ... and density. In these cases, the effect also is a matter of convex rather than concave design. The spinning origin is elementally dense and throws things out rather than pulling them in like an empty drain.
If a billiard ball or rock is launched from an old-fashioned slingshot, being swung around and around, the same basic phenomena of motion are there that surround any pool table or tennis court. Things in any given mode of force are what they are and do what they do in animation of that force. Spin is spin, from baseball pitches to golf shots; and so it goes to the supposedly moving Earth, that is supposedly flying in space to orbit the sun.
However, science can detect a Coriolis effect from a merry-go-round but not the Earth. So it must be for some sense of comedy that Foucault’s pendulum today is the only object in motion in the world that can detect the worldwide results of the Coriolis effect --- resulting from the otherwise undetectable rotations of the Earth, spinning and spinning, which rotations should be intense and massive ... overwhelming, compelling ... and otherwise detectable, since these supposed rotations have also created an equatorial bulge and squeezed-in polar caps, which, in fact, do not exist anyway. And the crazy pendulum involved in these affairs of state supposedly does it by remaining in a so-called fixed-plane of oscillation, as it goes round and round. Nobody can see the Copernican phenomena anywhere else either, no matter how hard they try to look for it or what they could do.
When Belle observed that Rumplestiltskins had spun more gold than he could ever spend, she asked, "why do you spin so much"?
"Because I like to watch the wheel," he answered, "exceedingly assured, of course", and he smiled.
The fantastic cosmical theory of Aristarchus of Samos that the earth orbits the sun is only an abstract fantasy and a fool's routine, not any more scientific than "Two Tens for a Five" and "7 times 13 is 28".


Two modern day fools, Lou and Bud, were doing fast business at the race track one afternoon, playing with loose handfuls of money, and Bud says to Lou, "hey, you gave me too much money. It's not going to cost all this. Have you got two tens for a five"?


Lou says, "I just so happen to have it", and gives Bud two tens for a five. Bud follows the ruse with a little distracting conversation, but after a while Lou realizes something funny may have happened, and says, "just a minute, just a minute, 15 dollars just went south."


They argue about it, and Bud says "are you accusing me of cheating"? Lou says "no, but you got two tens for five". Bud says, "all right, all right, here's your five. Give me back my two tens."


And, of course, 7 times 13 is 28, since if 7 is divided into 28, the 7 will not go into the 2. 7 is too big to go into little 2, so take the two and put it to the side, and 7 goes into 8 once. Write down 1 to the other side for seven that goes into 8 once, and then take seven from eight, which is 1, and write that 1 that is the remainder of 7 from 8 below the 28. Now take the old number 2 that was too small from the beginning, that was put to the side, and put it back where it goes in front of the 1 that is the remainder.

Now that the little 2 has been saved for the calculation, everything is coming out okay, and that makes a 21 below the 28, certainly, and 7 goes into 21 by 3. So put the 3 from that division product behind the 1 from the 7 going into 8 once the first time, and there you have 13.

Therefore, 7 times 13 is 28.


If the problem is set up for multiplication, put the 13 over the 7, and 7 times 3 is 21, and 7 times 1 is 7 --- and  the result 7 plus the earlier product 21 (of the digits 7 and 3) is 28.


If the equation is set up for addition, write down 13 seven times in a column. The seven threes in the right hand of the column add up to 21, and the seven ones in the left hand of the column added to it make 28 ... and the earth is flying around and around to orbit the sun.