Alberta Clipper

noun

variants or less commonly Alberta clipper
meteorology
: a fast-moving low-pressure weather system that develops east of the Rocky Mountains in western Canada during winter months and moves to the east-southeast across central Canada and into the northern U.S.

Note: An Alberta Clipper typically brings very cold temperatures, high winds, and light snowfall amounts.

Expect another Alberta Clipper to move through southeastern Wisconsin this afternoon and tonight with about 1 to 2 inches of snow and then flurries on Saturday.Brian Gotter

Examples of Alberta Clipper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second system, an Alberta Clipper, will move through Minnesota on Saturday producing a mixed bag of precipitation over parts of the Midwest -- mainly in the form of rain and sleet. Haley Brink and Tyler Mauldin, CNN, 27 Nov. 2021 Enbridge also wanted to increase the carrying capacity of its Alberta Clipper pipeline, a separate project, but did not want to go through the permitting process necessary to clear any new pipelines that cross the Canada-U.S. border. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 25 June 2021 This Day in Weather History March 8th 2004: A vigorous Alberta Clipper brings an intense snow burst across the Twin Cities from 9:30 am to noon. Star Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021 First, though, this evening, an Alberta Clipper producing a rain/snow mix will come from Canada, with potential to produce snowfall across all of Northeast Ohio. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 21 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alberta Clipper was in 1970

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“Alberta Clipper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Alberta%20Clipper. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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