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can water become wind?

Can water become wind?

(Water-(evaporate)-> Air -(when it moves)-> become wind?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Perhaps not in the way you understand it but there is an interesting thermodynamic fact here:

    As water condenses into droplets of water, it releases thermal energy. This is why the wet adiabatic lapse rate (how fast air cools down with altitude) is roughly half that of dry air.

    Hence, more moisture in the air means more energy that is then the motor of powerful cyclones causing hurricanes and other nasty weather. We could therefore say that more moisture in the air means more windy weather.

    This, by the way, supports the global warming danger to see more destructive storms in the future. Well, almost. I'll explain:

    Meteorology is all about the thermodynamic effects of air masses of different temperature, moisture and pressure. Greater moisture in the air, as warmer air can sustain more of it, means stronger convections and wind speed. But, we observe that the temperature increases in the polar region but not at the equator. If it doesn't, then the difference between the two air masses is less, even if it means an increase at the poles. As you probably know, there are more storms in the mid-latitudes during the winter than the summer. That is because, during the winter, the pole is very cold and the difference of temperature is greater. So, it is difficult to say exactly what an increase of the global temperature and increase of the content of moisture in the atmosphere will do to our climates.

  • 1 decade ago

    The definition of wind is when the hot air near the surface rises and cooler air rush in from the side. Evaporated water does not equal air but there is always some portion of water in the air, so all wind has water in it even if its the technically the water that is the wind.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes! When water is evaporated, its molecules are suspended in the air, which, when moving, is called wind.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, because the evaporated steam water become clouds.

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