temperature inversion

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 These conditions create a temperature inversion, trapping particulates underneath a layer of warm air -- meaning there's nowhere for the smog to go. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "The perfect storm fueling New Delhi's deadly pollution," 14 Nov. 2019 But during a temperature inversion, the air warms as the elevation increases. Robin Goist, cleveland, "NOACA issues air quality advisory for parts of Northeast Ohio," 19 Nov. 2019 During the cooler months, a weather condition known as a temperature inversion can trap polluted air close to the ground, causing the condition often referred to as the brown cloud. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Get $75 off the price of a new fire pit and help clear the air this winter," 16 Oct. 2019 Pollution levels have climbed over the past few days due to a temperature inversion, air-monitoring specialist Adam Petrusky said. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Polluted air, fog are back in Puget Sound, but not for long," 23 Oct. 2018 The risk of a temperature inversion, which would trap smoke from the burns under a layer of cooler air and thus affect locals with asthma or other breathing problems, slowed the department down Tuesday. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "After delay, Sacramento continues controlled burns to ward off 'catastrophic' fires," 19 June 2018

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Temperature inversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperature%20inversion. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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