ash·​fall | \ ˈash-ˌfȯl How to pronounce ashfall (audio) \

Definition of ashfall

: a deposit of volcanic ash

Examples of ashfall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conditions worsened on Sunday at a volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as loud rumbling, lightning and heavy ashfall were observed and residents reported power cuts. Kristin Deane,, 11 Apr. 2021 Explosions with accompanying ashfall of similar or larger magnitude can take place with little or no warning. Melissa Noel, Essence, 14 May 2021 However, heavy ashfall also was reported in communities around the volcano, said Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2021 The blast sent plumes of ash six miles high, blanketing surrounding communities and creating heavy ashfall. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 12 Apr. 2021 Complicating efforts to fight COVID-19 is the lack of water in some communities given the heavy ashfall, with people walking or driving to spigots with buckets and jugs in hand as long lines formed. Fox News, 16 Apr. 2021 West-to-northwesterly winds initially fanned ashfall north of Barbados, but Saturday the breeze changed direction. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 Heavy ashfall was reported in communities around the volcano and beyond, with authorities saying some evacuations were limited by poor visibility. Time, 11 Apr. 2021 Officials warned that Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada could see light ashfall as the 4,003-foot volcano continued to rumble. NBC News, 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ashfall

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Ashfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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