wind shear

noun

: 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 The storm is moving into favorable conditions for hurricanes, with warm water and limited wind shear. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 6 July 2024 This increase in rapid intensification is due to those environmental factors – warm waters, low vertical wind shear and a moist atmosphere – aligning more frequently and giving hurricanes more opportunity to rapidly intensify. Discover Magazine, 4 July 2024 La Niña historically enhances Atlantic hurricane activity by tamping down the vertical wind shear in the tropics. Rachel Treisman, NPR, 14 June 2024 Tornadoes remain a possibility overnight because of strong wind shear, instability in the atmosphere and high moisture, Gordon said. Leo Bertucci, The Courier-Journal, 26 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for wind shear 

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wind shear was in 1941

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“Wind shear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wind%20shear. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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wind shear

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

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