clear-air turbulence

\ ˈklir-ˈer- How to pronounce clear-air turbulence (audio) \

Definition of clear-air turbulence

: sudden severe turbulence occurring in cloudless regions that causes violent jarring or buffeting of aircraft

Examples of clear-air turbulence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Turbulence can be unexpected, particularly clear-air turbulence. John Cox, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2020 The main consequence for aviation is an increase in clear-air turbulence, or in-flight bumpiness at high altitudes in regions devoid of significant cloudiness or nearby thunderstorms, as the jet stream becomes more unstable. New York Times, 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of clear-air turbulence

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Clear-air turbulence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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