temperature inversion

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Recent Examples on the Web The weather service noted that gravity waves had been trapped below a strong temperature inversion -- an increase of the air temperature with height -- just above the surface, roughly the lowest 1,500 feet of the atmosphere. Allison Chinchar, CNN, "How a thunderstorm with the power of a hurricane capsized a ship," 17 Apr. 2021 Under these conditions, a temperature inversion forms above the ground, and the volcanic emissions are trapped near the surface and travel down our side of the mountain slope. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Saturday," 9 Apr. 2021 In December of 1952, a temperature inversion, a relatively common wintertime meteorological event, developed in the skies above London, trapping cold air under a layer of warmer air. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "What Happens When You Breathe," 18 Jan. 2021 Temps in the 70s are likely to the south for elevations between 1500 and 4000 feet, thanks to a very strong temperature inversion! oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday weather: Possible early fog; breezy, sunny afternoon; high 64," 2 Nov. 2020 Ice has kept its grip on the Arctic with the help of an unusual temperature inversion in the underlying waters. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Growing underwater heat blob speeds demise of Arctic sea ice," 25 Aug. 2020 When a temperature inversion occurs, the air prevented from rising helps bend the radar beam. Fox News, "What is radar ducting? Why weather radar sometimes shows strange things," 14 May 2020 Air quality may lower Tuesday due to temperature inversions. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday weather: Areas of freezing fog, then mostly cloudy; high 50," 11 Feb. 2020 The fine particulate matter in the air is expected to exceed the standard due to light winds, high humidity, and a metrological effect known as a temperature inversion in Northeast Ohio. Robin Goist, cleveland, "NOACA issues air quality advisory for parts of Northeast Ohio," 19 Nov. 2019

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“Temperature inversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperature%20inversion. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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