extratropical cyclone

ex·​tra·​trop·​i·​cal cyclone | \ ˌek-strə-ˌträ-pi-kəl- How to pronounce extratropical cyclone (audio) \

Definition of extratropical cyclone

: a cyclone in the middle or high latitudes often containing a cold front that extends toward the equator for hundreds of miles

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Recent Examples on the Web Paulette has become a strong extratropical cyclone over the north Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday. Carlie Wells, NOLA.com, "Hurricane Center: Tropical depression has 60% chance of forming in Gulf of Mexico," 16 Sep. 2020 But despite its recent burst of strength, the small storm is expected to become a extratropical cyclone within the next two days. David Harris, orlandosentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Pablo churns in Atlantic, Olga falls apart in the Gulf," 26 Oct. 2019 First, Tropical Storm Melissa was classified as a extratropical cyclone after cool air began circulating around the northern core Monday, according to the NHC’s 11 a.m. update. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Melissa now an 'extratropical’ system, a new system shows 90% odds of formation," 14 Oct. 2019 The entire system acquired the classic, comma-cloud shape of an extratropical cyclone, so common throughout the year across North America. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Harvey’s two-step across Texas: The peculiar meteorology behind a U.S. rain record," 31 Aug. 2017 Ophelia arrives on the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, another extratropical cyclone that killed 20. Jen Kirby, Daily Intelligencer, "Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Wallops Ireland," 16 Oct. 2017 The standard warm and cold fronts of the middle latitudes—which meteorologists call baroclinic storms or extratropical cyclones—determine where a massive cyclone makes landfall. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Irony of How Hurricanes Move," 6 Sep. 2017

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Extratropical cyclone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extratropical%20cyclone. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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