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What Is Cyclonic and Anticyclonic Curavture?

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I was reading the pressure section (Chapter 3) of the Aviation Weather for Pilots (AC 00-6A) and couldn't understand "cyclonic curvature."

LOW-a center of pressure surrounded on all sides by higher pressure; also called a cyclone. Cyclonic curvature is the curvature of isobars to the left when you stand with lower pressure to your left. 2. HIGH-a center of pressure surrounded on all sides by lower pressure, also called an anticyclone. Anticyclonic curvature is the curvature of isobars to the right when you stand with lower pressure to your left.
What (anti)cyclonic curvature is and what is the significance of it? Thank you.

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  1. Brian on Nov 26, 2015

    Cyclone – rotation is counter clockwise (to the left)
    Anticyclone – rotation is clockwise (to the right)

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