wind shear


Definition of wind shear

: a radical shift in wind speed and direction that occurs over a very short distance

Examples of wind shear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is in part due to conducive environmental conditions, including low wind shear, as well as well-above-normal sea-surface temperatures closer to the coasts, especially along the Gulf. Melissa Griffin, ABC News, 2 Sep. 2021 Major hurricanes are statistically most likely to occur in late August, September and early October as a result of favorable weather conditions, including low wind shear, high atmospheric moisture and warmer ocean and air temperatures. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 Ida was currently experiencing some moderate upper-level wind shear, disrupting its circulation. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 28 Aug. 2021 In calling for a stronger storm, the forecast cited the likelihood of low wind shear, the high-altitude cross winds that can disrupt the structure of tropical storms. David Fleshler,, 18 Aug. 2021 The storms have formed despite limited wind shear, the increase in wind speed (and at times, direction) with altitude which help sustain storms by tilting their updrafts. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 When thunderstorms begin to form, wind shear, where winds of different directions and altitudes interact, can make the air spin on a horizontal axis. USA Today, 17 June 2021 The storm also had plenty of moisture and very little wind shear to stop it. Stacy Morford, Scientific American, 30 Aug. 2021 System-killing factors such as dry wind or upper atmosphere wind shear are less in play, said Spectrum News 13 meteorologist Maureen McCann. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of wind shear

1941, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2021

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“Wind shear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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