extratropical cyclone


ex·​tra·​trop·​i·​cal cyclone ˌek-strə-ˌträ-pi-kəl- How to pronounce extratropical cyclone (audio)
: a cyclone in the middle or high latitudes often containing a cold front that extends toward the equator for hundreds of miles

Examples of extratropical cyclone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rain came courtesy of a slew of storms this month, including a powerful storm on March 21 that caused widespread damage as well as an extratropical cyclone on March 28. Jack Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar. 2023 This type of storm that spans hundreds of miles in the middle latitudes of the planet is referred to as an extratropical cyclone. Claire Hao, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2023 What is an extratropical cyclone? Claire Hao, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2023 Here's another view, acquired by NASA's Terra satellite on Thursday: NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of an extratropical cyclone in the North Atlantic on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 17 Apr. 2015 In the days leading up to the storm’s landfall, weather nerds had been freaking out about its anticipated inland track (such systems typically dogleg back out to the Atlantic) and collision with an extratropical cyclone. Nick Heil, Outside Online, 25 June 2013 Fiona could weaken to a Category 2 storm or an extratropical cyclone, but there's still the threat of significant damage to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Michelle Acevedo, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2022 The hybrid storm will take on the structure of an extratropical cyclone, complete with a warm front and cold front. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 As ex-Ida morphs into an extratropical cyclone, more unstable and humid air is expected to surge over the Mid Atlantic, enabling the development of heavy showers and thunderstorms. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extratropical cyclone was in 1923

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“Extratropical cyclone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extratropical%20cyclone. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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