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How can we calculate the force of the wind (or the mass of the air in a specific height)? : meteorology

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I found this text on this scientificamerican article

Another way to illustrate the relative lightness of clouds is to compare the total mass of a cloud to the mass of the air in which it resides. Consider a hypothetical but typical small cloud at an altitude of 10,000 feet, comprising one cubic kilometer and having a liquid water content of 1.0 gram per cubic meter. The total mass of the cloud particles is about 1 million kilograms, which is roughly equivalent to the weight of 500 automobiles. But the total mass of the air in that same cubic kilometer is about 1 billion kilograms–1,000 times heavier than the liquid!

My question is this : how did we calculate the weight (or force) of the air, in that cubic kilometer? And is there a specific equation of the force of the wind, or the mass of the air or something?


2021-04-18 21:50:59

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