Definition of subtropical
: of, relating to, or being the regions bordering on the tropical zone subtropical environment subtropical grasses
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The odds of a significant El Niño in 2017 have continued to diminish, and most of the tropical and subtropical Atlantic remains anomalously warm.
In addition, both the tropical and subtropical Atlantic waters are anomalously warm.
Unlike tropical cyclones, subtropical cyclones derive a significant proportion of their energy from baroclinic sources, and are generally cold-core in the upper troposphere, often being associated with an upper-level low or trough.
Unusual names for North-Pacific Tropical/Subtropical 2017?
Unusual names for Atlantic Tropical/Subtropical 2017?
The reason concerns the Atlantic subtropical ridge also known as the Bermuda High.
Storm surge watches or warnings could be issued for tropical storms, subtropical storms, post-tropical storms or even potential tropical storms, according to the hurricane center.
Decades of drainage and pollution from South Florida development and farming have already claimed half of the Everglades — a subtropical wilderness that includes sawgrass marshes, tree islands and mangrove coasts.
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Origin and Etymology of subtropical
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Definition of subtropical for English Language Learners
: relating to or living in an area that is close to tropical parts of the world
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