temperature inversion

noun

Examples of temperature inversion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, weak winds around the D.C. area and a temperature inversion — in which warmer air layered above cooler air keeps air trapped near the ground — were probably contributing to the buildup of smoke in the region. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2023 Because of a temperature inversion at the stratosphere's base, sulfate particles linger there for years, which encourages geoengineering advocates. Bypaul Voosen, science.org, 14 Feb. 2023 In addition to the ramped up noise at night, nature magnifies the sound by creating a temperature inversion, Connolly said. Kevin Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Mar. 2022 That capping was provided by a temperature inversion — a common occurrence in winter under high pressure conditions. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 5 Dec. 2013 This in turn can help to strengthen the temperature inversion. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 21 July 2016 But the third is what's needed to make this amazing rippling effect: a layer of warm air above the cold layer, called a temperature inversion. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 20 Feb. 2011 The combination of sun and lack of wind has created a temperature inversion and the resulting haze and stagnant air, Wirtis said. oregonlive, 10 Oct. 2022 The Pentagon later said the unknown radar blips were false images caused by temperature inversion. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of temperature inversion was in 1921

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“Temperature inversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperature%20inversion. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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