[2014] Nathan(Jarrett) Michaelis(Whitlow): Cliffhanger

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[2014] Nathan(Jarrett) Michaelis(Whitlow): Cliffhanger

CliffhangerProject By: Evan ZormanJarrett Whitlow

What is it?

Due to the high elevation and therefore, low temperature, the density is high in relation to the cold.

If an object is dense enough, it will sink. The Katabatic wind does this when gravity or other natural forces begins to affect it. It will flow down a slope, sometimes at high speeds

After having reached the bottom, the wind will have slowed and warmed depending on:1.How far it descended.2. The amount of heat where it lands.

A Katabatic wind, or drainage wind, is a wind caused by a more dense air wanting to sink down a hill or mountain. It is possible for such winds to reach hurricane speeds as they fall and sometmes be warm to do to expansional warming. Some examples of such winds are the boru(Adriatic), the oroshi(Japan), and the Santa Ana(California).


As one reaches higher altitudes, their chance of getting or worsening altitude sickness may increase with every foot they climb. It is wise to stay below the "Very High Altitude" section if you do not have the proper training or equipment.

Katabatic winds can sometime reach gale force. This one is bombarding a tent in Greenland.

Because of radiational cooling, Katabatic wind is formed in a natural location of high elevation.

A diagram of the conditions and forces that make a Katabatic wind.

This a dry valley in Antarctica. Its snow has stripped because of strong Katabatic winds.

The force per unit area exerted on a surface by the weight of air above that surface in the atmosphere of Earth

A diagram showing the the accelaration of the Katabatic wind down the Santa Ana mountains.


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