The above equation (pulled from Wikipedia) is used in the meteorological sense to define helicity, a quantity which, in the most general sense, illustrates to what extent a fluid flows in a corkscrew manner. It’s used in forecasting the likelihood of tornadic development through the Storm Relative Helicity scale (SRH).
However, it’s also a good metaphor. My name is Daniel ‘counters’ Rothenberg, and as a student of Atmospheric Science at Cornell University, I encounter a great deal of helicity every day – be it from academics or life, it always seems that I’m ever heading ahead, yet wandering back and forth in wide circles all throughout the process.
I’ll share some of that helicity with you through this blog, which will document things related to my wide circle of interests – a little meteorology here, some climatology there, some more computer science over there, and the occasional bit of policy and government to distract it all. So hang on – where there’s helicity, there’s turbulence!