cyclostrophic wind[¦sī·klō¦strä·fik ′wind]
The horizontal wind velocity for which the centripetal acceleration exactly balances the horizontal pressure force.
A class of wind markedly curved in which the Coriolis force is negligible in comparison with centripetal force. Such a state is possible when the radii of curvature of flow is very small; it normally occurs in low latitudes. Dust devils, water spouts, and tornadoes are examples of such motions.