Air has viscosity. As such it gets dragged with the rotating surface that
it is in contact with.
You could ask the same question about the hydrosphere. Water has more
viscosity than air, but either way, it gets dragged with the moving
In both cases there are thermal currents, Coriolis effects, waves,
resonances, etc. but the bulk of the material gets dragged with the
surface. In time that propagates through the entire fluid and thus the
stratosphere gets dragged along with the troposphere, etc.
True, there isn't a lot of viscosity, but we have had 4+ billion years of
our secondary atmosphere which is way more than enough time for it to be
dragged forward at all altitudes.
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