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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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 Churning over warm waters that can provide fuel and with relatively little wind shear to disrupt its towering thunderstorms, ‘‘there are no obvious reasons why Aletta should cease intensification,’’ the National Hurricane Center said. Washington Post,, "First Pacific hurricane of 2018 is Category 4," 8 June 2018 Alberto is expected to strengthen through Monday morning, NHC forecasters said, possibly organizing into more of a traditional cyclone with little wind shear to combat development. Roger Simmons,, "As Alberto moves north, Tropical Storm warning issued for part of Florida; Orlando in flood watch," 27 May 2018 Here, the degree of instability and wind shear will be ideal for organized, multicell storms. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Heavy storms threaten Tuesday evening and may cause flash flooding," 15 May 2018 The belt of strong winds also enhances wind shear — the change of wind speed and direction with height — and adds to the rotation of the storm. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Striking in the dark of night, the Wilkes-Barre tornado was a freak," 15 June 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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