baroclinity


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baroclinity

[‚bar·ə′klin·əd·ē]
(physics)
The state of stratification in a fluid in which surfaces of constant pressure (isobaric surfaces) intersect surfaces of constant density (isosteric surfaces). Also known as baroclinicity; barocliny.
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Although the degree of storm-scale baroclinity available to produce the tornadic circulation increases as the outflow temperature decreases, the low-level temperature decrease makes it difficult to carry out the final contraction because the low-level vertical accelerations required to contract the circulation are inhibited by negatively buoyant air.