non·​trop·​i·​cal | \ ˌnän-ˈträ-pi-kəl How to pronounce nontropical (audio) \

Definition of nontropical

: of, relating to, or occurring outside of the tropics : not tropical nontropical plants a nontropical storm system

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One reason to be cautious about interpreting the lightning as an unprecedented event is that lightning can also occur in intense nontropical storms that affect the Arctic, though no such large and potent storm was present Saturday. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Lightning struck within 300 miles of the North Pole, Fairbanks meteorologists say," 10 Aug. 2019 It is expected to form a nontropical low pressure system Wednesday night or Thursday morning after the disturbance comes into contact with a cold front of dense air, the NHC said. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "A second weather disturbance near Florida brings another possibility of the third named tropical system," 24 July 2019 The Escapist is a decidedly adult, nontropical rum mix with white vermouth. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Old Habits is bar food reborn," 20 Apr. 2018 And focus on heart-healthy foods, such as fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, nuts and nontropical vegetable oils. Washington Post, "Some pretty simple lifestyle changes can help with high blood pressure," 6 Mar. 2018 Lan, which battered Japan on Sunday as a Category 2 typhoon, has transitioned into a powerhouse nontropical storm over the North Pacific Ocean, generating waves up to 57 feet high. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Potent East Coast storm could form Sunday, followed by ‘heavy-duty’ blast of cold air," 24 Oct. 2017 Structurally, the storm was a hybrid type vortex — possessing attributes of both tropical and nontropical cyclones. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Harvey’s two-step across Texas: The peculiar meteorology behind a U.S. rain record," 31 Aug. 2017 After a brief time of gaining energy from the trough, Gert will transition to an extratropical cyclone (nontropical) by the end of the week. Brian Mcnoldy, Washington Post, "Tropical Storm Gert may become this season’s second Atlantic hurricane," 14 Aug. 2017 The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that spread Zika are rare in Europe and in nontropical regions of North America. Donald G. Mcneil Jr. And Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "W.H.O. Says Olympics Should Go Ahead in Brazil Despite Zika Virus," 14 June 2016

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First Known Use of nontropical

1841, in the meaning defined above

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