If the Earth is moving @ 67,000 mph and spinning @ 1,000 mph, why do the clouds appear unaffected?

So how do clouds appear to still be tethered to the earth despite the earth's break-neck speed?

21 Answers

  • 8 months ago
    Favourite answer

    It is because they are within our Atmosphere

     Gravity holds our Atmosphere in place, tightly to the Earth

     In General, Our Atmosphere moves along with the sping of our Planet 

    But being a Fluid, like Our Oceans they are prone to travel in Currents

     These Currents travel in the same direction of the Earth's spin and it is called the Correolis effect

    It feeds all the high and low pressure systems around the world

    And finally weather

  • goring
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    Not exactly.

    If one is sitting on the surface of the Earth,the motion is 1.08 Billion meters per Hour in space.

    67 thousand  miles per hour is a bit too slow a velocity.

    The clouds move along with the earth.

  • Jim
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    NO WONDER my hair is always blowing around!

    So question for you, if you're on a bullet train that's going 100 mph, and walk forward, is the air in the train blowing in your face 2 mph, or 102mph? Ahhhh, it depends on your local frame of reference.

  • Clive
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Because they're still moving with the Earth, just like everything on it.  Why aren't YOU affected by that huge speed?

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  • 8 months ago

    clouds are moving at the same rate,tho faster,as the outside axis of a spinning rolly thing at a carnival

  • 8 months ago

    When you stick your arm out the window going down the freeway, you're feeling a wind of 65-70 mph pushing against it.  

    If you were in space, and did the same thing (assuming you're space capsule has windows you can roll down) - you don't feel anything... why?  Because there's no matter out there to *push* against your arm.  

    As Earth goes around in space, the only real force working on our atmosphere is Earth's gravity. There's some from the moon, some from the sun - but both of those bodies are very far out; the major force acting in this case is Earth's gravity.  And - that's why clouds appear to be unaffected - there's basically very little to affect them.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    " Unaffected ????"  Those clouds are hanging on for dear life !!!!

  • 8 months ago

    It is all about relative motion, the clouds are moving right along with earth.

  • ANDY
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    People ask me how come a helicopter takes off vertically to a high altitude then lands (always vertically) at the same spot? If the Earth is rotating─and moving around the sun─shouldn't the craft come down at a different spot?

    If this were true, then airplanes also would take shorter times to go from, say, New York to Los Angeles since the planet rotates from west to east. So it is obvious that staying in the atmosphere is exactly like staying on the ground. The atmosphere is part of the globe and everything on it rotates at the same rate.

  • Matt
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    The same reason when your driving in a car and you toss something in the air it doesn't get swept away in the wind. The Earths atmosphere and gravity keep the clouds close by.

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