Originally Posted by Eaglet
From the site
Spin and Coriolis Drift
I copied the following statement:
The vertical component of Coriolis is at a maximum at the equator, and goes to zero at the poles.
I wouldn't be surprised if I'm miss understanding something!
Between the time I posted my original reply (7/10/10) and today, August 22, 2010, I've spent hours researching this. I have concluded that the vertical deflection caused by Coriolis force is indeed at a maximum value at the equator, and null at both poles. This is also how Patagonia Ballistics LoadBase 3.0 Desktop software currently models vertical deflection due to Coriolis force. Your post/statement was, and currently is, correct - to the best of my knowledge, understanding, and belief.
With this edit, I have deleted my original response as an effort to minimize confusion, and to provide correct information.