baroclinic instability

noun

Definition of baroclinic instability

meteorology
:an imbalance in the levels of pressure and density in a fluid that is one of the mechanisms determining the behavior of the earth's atmosphere
  • The instability that causes these particular disturbances is called a baroclinic instability which occurs when the latitudinal temperature differences become too large.
  • —James B. PollackThe New Solar System1981

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First Known Use of baroclinic instability

1959


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