temperature inversion

noun

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Recent Examples on the Web For example, high pressure aloft can squeeze the temperature inversion closer to the ground — below 1,000 feet above sea level — creating dense fog. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 There’s a bizarre temperature inversion here during the winter, in that the cold air settles in the valley surrounding the Rio Grande, and warmer air occupies the higher-elevation Chisos Basin. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Jan. 2021 There’s a bizarre temperature inversion during the winter, in that the cold air settles in the valley surrounding the Rio Grande, and warmer air occupies the higher-elevation Chisos Basin. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 19 Feb. 2020 There was also a temperature inversion, where warm air was sitting on top of very shallow cold air. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 Winter also brings an offshore flow that pushes fog up from the Central Valley, as well as a temperature inversion, with cold air near the ground and high air far above, forming a lid. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Nov. 2021 But, true to its name, a temperature inversion flips this. Matt Simon, Wired, 5 May 2021 The Air Force said that a temperature inversion — a layer of cold air trapped under a layer of warm air — had tricked the radar. Washington Post, 6 June 2021 But a temperature inversion creates a kind of atmospheric cap, dramatically bending the signal toward the ground. Matt Simon, Wired, 5 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of temperature inversion

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of temperature inversion was in 1921

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23 May 2022

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“Temperature inversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperature%20inversion. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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