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The phenomenon is observed in tornadoes where the air spins with a great speed causing so much damage. Can there be any experiment that can be performed to make the air spin in clockwise or counterclockwise direction?

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Almost all tornadoes rotate in the direction of cyclones: anti-clockwise on the Northern hemisphere. But a few percent are the other way around (clockwise on the Northern hemisphere). Because sometimes the rotational moment of vortex of the air where it forms (at a much smaller scale than an ordinary low-pressure system) happens to be the other way around. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anticyclonic_tornado

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  • $\begingroup$ this answer does not give a reasoning. $\endgroup$ – AHB Sep 9 '17 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ @AHB I supposed people here would know about conservation of angular momentum. Difficult to make the air spin - it already does. On a large scale always in the direction of the Earth's rotation. $\endgroup$ – Pieter Sep 9 '17 at 20:46
  • $\begingroup$ In your answer, you just said some tornadoes are clockwise and some happen to be anti-clockwise. The OP probably knew this fact. $\endgroup$ – AHB Sep 10 '17 at 11:58

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