wind shear


Definition of wind shear

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

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At the same time, wind shear across much of the tropical Atlantic ebbs, leading to an outbreak of tropical activity. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Hurricane Florence represents a grave threat to the East Coast," 10 Sep. 2018 This will increase the wind shear across our region throughout the rest of the day. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Severe weather may hold off until this evening in the D.C. region, but keep an eye out this afternoon," 12 May 2018 The atmosphere offshore, where the Just Read the Instructions droneship was stationed 235km away from the launch pad, had high wind shear. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Two big rockets launched early Wednesday—then one landed in high seas," 24 July 2018 Warm waters feed a hurricane's strength, while strong wind shear can pull it apart. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "2018 Atlantic hurricane season now to be 'less active' approaching peak months, NOAA says," 9 Aug. 2018 And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence’s hurricane wind field was expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence," 10 Sep. 2018 Florence is the first major hurricane of the season, and has weakened because of wind shear, but will likely reintensify next week, as The Weather Channel reported. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence could wallop East Coast in days ahead, forecasters say," 6 Sep. 2018 Over the next 36 hours, wind shear that could prevent intensification is expected to remain low. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Tropical Storm Beryl is forecast to become a hurricane, but that's not expected to last long," 5 July 2018 Changing wind direction with altitude or wind shear, forecast to become more pronounced this afternoon, may enable some storms in our northern areas to spin a bit. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "A few severe storms possible this evening, especially north of the District," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of wind shear

1941, in the meaning defined above

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