What is it about?

In this paper, we criticize the physical basis of the hypothesis of “condensation-induced atmospheric dynamics” by showing that this hypothesis violates Newton's third law.

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Why is it important?

The hypothesis of “condensation-induced atmospheric dynamics” proposes that a previously unstudied force associated with condensation is the driver of atmospheric motions, explaining phenomena like cyclones, monsoon circulations, and even the Hadley circulation. This hypothesis caused significant interest in the academic community, but it also produced substantial controversy, receiving numerous criticisms from experts who have serious doubts about the existence or importance of this force. In this paper, we show that the alleged new force is based on an unbalanced internal force within the atmospheric gas. Therefore, the dynamic effects attributed to this force are not physically possible, pointing to the violation of Newton’s third law.


This paper offers solid physical arguments against a controversial hypothesis that has awakened an increasing interest in the academic community.

Alejandro Jaramillo
Instituto de Ciencias de la Atmósfera y Cambio Climático, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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This page is a summary of: Is Condensation-Induced Atmospheric Dynamics a New Theory of the Origin of the Winds?, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, October 2018, American Meteorological Society,
DOI: 10.1175/jas-d-17-0293.1.
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