up·​draft | \ ˈəp-ˌdraft How to pronounce updraft (audio) , -ˌdräft\

Definition of updraft

: an upward movement of gas (such as air)

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Both Florence and Harvey have gained speed using the same underlying principle: hotspots and updrafts meeting in the ocean. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Florence Makes Landfall, Hundreds Already Need Evacuation," 14 Sep. 2018 In his photo, the updraft — where air swirls in and rises upward — floats like an evil birthday cake, with layer after layer visible towering high into the sky. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "This spectacular supercell storm near Pittsburgh spawned a tornado Wednesday evening," 28 June 2018 Some bags carried produce from street markets; some carried nothing but air, buoyed aloft on steamy updrafts. John Leland, New York Times, "The Red Bags of Chinatown: For Good Luck and Cheap Produce," 5 July 2018 Differences in temperature drive the convective power of storms, so the more extreme the temperature, the higher speed the updraft and the more potential for big hailstones. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Watch in Real Time as American Airlines 1897 Tries to Escape a Hail Storm From Hell," 6 June 2018 The most severe thunderstorms have rotating updrafts like this, which can produce very large hail and tornadoes. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Several large tornadoes raked the Plains on Tuesday; another round starts this evening," 2 May 2018 This, however, does require a strong and long-lived updraft to help stretch and tighten the rotation. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Storms likely this afternoon and evening, and a few could be intense," 19 June 2018 Thunderstorms with the greatest vertical build host the strongest updrafts, sometimes as high as 100 mph, that can propel the cloud tops to great heights. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: Why can thunderstorm clouds be 10 miles tall?," 10 June 2018 Nguyen Phan Que Mai, who’d just flown in from Jakarta, woke up from a nap minutes before the orientation in the converted barn, where the floor-to-ceiling windows looked out onto hawks floating on updrafts. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gathering the Vietnamese diaspora," 7 June 2018

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circa 1887, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of updraft

technical : an upward flow of air


up·​draft | \ ˈəp-ˌdraft How to pronounce updraft (audio) \

Kids Definition of updraft

: an upward movement of air

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