North Atlantic Oscillation


: a periodic seesaw fluctuation in sea-level atmospheric pressures over the northern Atlantic Ocean that is believed to contribute to the Arctic Oscillation compare arctic oscillation, southern oscillation

Examples of North Atlantic Oscillation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their study found that over periods less than 10 years, changes in ice cover seem to be related to natural climatic patterns: the Atlantic and North Atlantic Oscillation, and El Niño/La Niña cycles. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 11 Jan. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of North Atlantic Oscillation was in 1924

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“North Atlantic Oscillation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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