Coriolis is complex rather than truly constant because variable geophysical flows interact with constant rotation to comprise the Effect (see below). These flows vary in velocity and direction, and the latent Force itself varies greatly with latitude and altitude (Vertical Coriolis). Only in unphysical approximation is it idealized as a constant waiting to happen. Its also not helpful to cite that its relatively constant overall, on-average, when dealing with subscale cases like ENSO or QBO, one by one. Coriolis is extra variable at the planetary surface, where cloud-mediated solar-driven convection causes increased inertial interaction of flow with rotation.

Gross energy misestimation controversies are still quite common in modern geophysics, like in Wind Energy, where recent total estimates of wildly varying magnitude cannot be all correct ("Coastline of England" fractal-scales uncertainty is a factor). I think Laplace greatly underestimated Coriolis in his Tidal Equations. [Keeling & Whorf 2000] seem to mostly neglect vertical Coriolis Effect energy input as such, in badly overestimating the role of Tidal Energy forcing. They also seem too much to discover what they wish in noisy data.

There may be a Three Jesus Fallacy at work with some of the controversies. Psychologists [Rokeach 64] put together three patients who each claimed to be Jesus, expecting conflict. Instead they got along rather well as their outlier Confirmation Bias was supported; that it was reasonable to claim to be Jesus, even as each demurred as to the other two being mistaken, while seeing themself as the one true Jesus. Beware such a dynamic in the extreme Lunisolar Forcing holdout faction. Let's stop short of asserting "lunacy", as we are all by definition Jesuses to some degree O:-)

Here is an approximate simplified Horizontal Coriolis Force formula for a moving mass. As is evident, there are multiple variables (a, m, v) and one constant (w).

F = 2 * m * v * w * sin(a)


F is force

m is object mass

v is object velocity

w is Earth angular velocity

a is latitude