Arctic haze


Definition of Arctic haze

: a layer of aerosol particulates in the atmosphere primarily over the northwestern regions of North America Arctic haze, mainly a mixture of sulfate and particulate organic matter, has a distinct seasonal cycle, with a maximum in late winter and early spring …— Yinghui Liu et al., Journal Of Climate, 1 Apr. 2010

Note: North American Arctic haze is currently believed to be caused by industrial pollution riding the winds eastward from Asia.

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First Known Use of Arctic haze

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Arctic haze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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