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Front (Wind Movement)

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Pregs created the topic: Front (Wind Movement)

Hello Everyone.
I need some please.
In the southern hemisphere, following the passage of a front, either cold or warm.
The wind will back. But what happend to the surface wind? does it back also or does it veer?
Thanks for your help
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bobtait replied the topic: Front (Wind Movement)

The surface wind is taken to be a fixed angle (about 30°) veered from the direction of the gradient wind, (10° over water). So, if the gradient wind backs, the surface wind will also back.

These rough 'rules' are not of much use in practice because there are a multitude of other influences and local effects that can act to give a different result. I suppose it is reasonable to assume that the surface wind is normally found to be veered in favour of the pressure gradient.
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Pregs replied the topic: Front (Wind Movement)

Thank you Mr Bob tait for taking time to reply.
The answer i got from an instructor for this question (The surface wind following the passage of a warm or cold front will normally?) VEER. In the exam, im confused if i should go with veer or with back. what would you suggest is the most correct answer if i had to choose between
A. Back
B. Veer
C. Reverse direction to correspond with the isobar and pressure gradient.
I would pick back but they told me its wrong.

Thanks
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