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Meteorology Terminology
682 definitions by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

AblationAbsolute HumidityAccessory CloudsAccretionAcid RainAdditive DataAdiabaticAdiabatic ProcessAdvectionAdvection FogAdvisoryAerosolAerovaneAFOSAirAir MassAir-Mass ThunderstormAir ParcelAir PollutionAir PressureAirstreamAlbedoAlberta ClippeAltimeterAltimeter SettingAltitudeAltocumulusAltostratusAnabaticAnafrontAnemometerAneroid BarometerAngular MomentumAngular VelocityAnomalyAnticycloneAnticyclonicAnvil CloudAnvil CrawlerAnvil DomeAnvil RolloverAnvil ZitsArctic AirArctic HighArcusAridityASOSAtmosphereAtmospheric PressureAtmospheric StabilityAurora BorealisAutomated Weather StationAvalancheAVNBack-building ThunderstormBack Door Cold FrontBacking WindBack-sheared AnvilBall LightningBarber PoleBaroclinic ZoneBarogramBarographBarometerBarometric pressureBarometric TendencyBarotropic SystemBear's CageBeaufort ScaleBeaver('s) TailBlack IceBlizzardBlizzard WarningBlocking HighBlowing DustBlowing SandBlowing SnowBlowing SprayBlusteryBomb CycloneBoundary LayerBow EchoBox (or Watch Box)BreezyBriskBroken CloudsBubble HighBulk Richardson Number (or BRN)BuoyancyBustBWER - Bounded Weak Echo RegionCAACalmCapeCap (or Capping Inversion)CeilingCeilometerCellCelsiusChanceChinook WindCirculationCirriformCirrocumulusCirrostratusCirrusClearClear SlotClimateClimate ChangeClimate NormalsClimatologyClosed LowCloudCloud BaseCloudburstCloud Condensation NucleiCloud StreetsCloud TagsCloudyCoastal FloodingCoastal Flood WarningCoastal ForecastCoastal WatersCold AdvectionCold Air DammingCold-air FunnelCold FrontCold LowCold PoolCollar CloudComma CloudCondensationCondensation NucleiConductionConfluenceCongestus (or Cumulus Congestus)Continental Air MassContrailConvectionConvective OutlookConvective TemperatureConvergenceCooling Degree DayCoordinated Universal Time (UTC)Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)Coriolis ForceCoronaCRSCumulonimbus CloudCumulus CloudCumulus CongestusCut Off LowCyclogenesisCycloneCyclonic Circulation (or Cyclonic Rotation)Dart Leader- InDebris CloudDecoupleDegree DayDendriteDense FogDense Fog AdvisoryDense Fog AdvisoryDensity AltitudeDensity Of AirDepressionDepth HoarDerechoeDewDew PointDiamond DustDifferential MotioDifluence (or Diffluence)Dirty RidgeDisturbanceDiurnalDivergenceDoldrumsDoppler RadarDownburstDowndraftDownslope Wind- AirDownstreamDrifting SnowDrizzleDroughtDry AdiabatDrylineDry LineDry-line BulgeDry PunchDry SlotDust DevilDust PlumeDust StormDust WhirlDynamicsEasterly WaveECMFEddyEl NinoEnhanced Greenhouse EffectEnhanced WordingEntrance RegionEquilibrium Level (or EL)EvaporationExcessive Heat WarningExcessive Heat WatchExit RegionExtended OutlookExtratropical CycloneEyeEye WallFahrenheitFairFall WindFeeder BandsFetchFewFlanking LineFlash FloodFlash Flood WarningFlash Flood WatchFloodFlood CrestFlood StageFlood WarningFlurriesFoehnFogbowForecastFractusFreezeFreeze WarningFreezingFreezing DrizzleFreezing DrizzleFreezing LevelFreezing NucleiFreezing RainFreshetFrog StormFrontFrostFrost AdvisoryFrost PointFrozen DewFujita ScaleFujiwhara EffectFunnel CloudGaleGale WarningGeostationary SatelliteGlaciationGlazeGlobal WarmingGOES-8GradientGraupelGravity WaveGreenhouse EffectGround FogGrowing Degree DayGrowing SeasonGustGust FrontGustnado (or Gustinado)HailHaloHard FreezeHarmattanHazeHeat AdvisoryHeat BalanceHeat IndexHeating Degree DayHeat LightningHeavy SnowHeavy Snow WarningHeavy SurfHelicityHighHigh Risk (of severe thunderstorms)High Wind WarningHigh Wind WatchHodographHook EchoHot SpotHumidityHurricaneHurricane WarningHydrologic CycleHydrologyHydrosphereHygrometerIce AgeIce CrystalsIce FogIce JamIce PelletsIce StormIce Storm WarningIndefinite CeilingIndian SummerInflow Bands (or Feeder Bands)Inflow JetsInflow NotchInflow StingerInfra-Red RadiationInsolationInstabilityIntertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)InversionIonosphereIridescenceIsentropic LiftIsentropic SurfaceIsobarIsodrosothermIsohyetIsoplethIsotachIsothermJanuary ThawJet StreakJet StreamKatabaticKatafrontKelvin Temperature ScaleKilling FrostKilopascalKnotKnucklesLake EffectLaminarLand BreezeLandspoutLapse RateLatent HeatLayerLeewardLeft Front Quadrant (or Left Exit Region)Left MoverLenticular CloudsLifted Index (or LI)LiftingLifting Condensation LevelLightningLikelyLoaded Gun (Sounding)Longwave TroughLowLow-level JetMacroburstMamma CloudsMaritime Air MassMaximum TemperatureMean Sea Level (MSL)Mean TemperatureMedium RangeMercury BarometerMeridional FlowMesocycloneMesohighMesolow (or Sub-synoptic Low)MesonetMesoscaleMesoscale Convective Complex (MCC)Mesoscale Convective System (MCS)MesospherMETAMetamorphismMETARMeteorologistMeteorologyMicroburstMicroclimateMid-LatitudesMillibarMinimum TemperatureMistMixingModelModerate Risk (of severe thunderstorms)Moisture AdvectionMoisture ConvergenceMonsoonMorning GloryMountain BreezeMuggyMulticell Cluster ThunderstormMultivortex TornadoMushroomNCDCNCEPNegative Tilt TroughNoaa Weather Wire (NWWS)Nor'easterNormalNorthern LightsNowcastNucleusNumerical ForecastingObscurationOccluded FrontOffshore BreezeOffshore ForecastOmegaOnshore BreezeOrographicOrographic LiftOrphan AnvilOutflowOutflow BoundaryOutflow WindsOvercastOverrunningOvershooting Top (or Penetrating Top)OzoneOzone HolePartly CloudyPartly SunnyPatchesPendant EchoPermafrostPolar AirPolar FrontPolar Stratospheric Clouds (PSCs)Polar VortexPollutantPolycrystalPOPPopcorn ConvectionPositive AreaPositive-Tilt TroughPotential TemperaturePrecipitationPrecipitation ShaftPressurePressure ChangePressure Falling RapidlyPressure GradientPressure Gradient ForcePressure Rising RapidlyPressure TendencyPressure UnsteadyPrevailing WesterliesPrevailing WindProfilerPsychrometerPulse StormQuality Of SnowRadarRadiationRadiational CoolingRadiation FogRadiosondeRainRainbowRain FootRain-Free BaseRain GaugeRain ShadowRankine Temperature ScaleRawinsondeReflectivityRefractionRelative HumidityRetrogression (or Retrograde Motion)Return FlowRidgeRight Entrance Region (or Right Rear Quadrant)Right MoverRimeRiver Flood WarningRoll CloudRope CloudRope (or Rope Funnel)Rope StageRossby WavesRotor CloudRunway Visual Range (RVR)Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Damage Potential ScaleSandstormSanta Ana WindsSatellite PhotoSaturationSaturation Vapor Pressure (water)ScatteredScud CloudsSea BreezeSea-level PressureSecondary Cold FrontSensible HeatSevere ThunderstormSevere Thunderstorm WarningSevere Thunderstorm WatchShallow FogShear (Wind Shear)Shelf CloudShort-Fuse WarningShortwave RadiationShortwave (Shortwave Trough)ShowerSky CoverSleetSlight ChanceSlight Risk (of severe thunderstorms)Sling PsychrometerSmall Craft AdvisorySmogSmokeSnowSnow AdvisorySnowburstSnow DepthSnowfallSnowflakeSnow FlurriesSnow GrainsSnow PelletsSnow ShowerSnow SquallsSolar EnergySounderSoundingSouthern OscillationSpecial Marine WarningSpeed ShearSpin-UpSpraySquallSquall LineStabilityStable AirStandard AtmosphereStanding Lenticular CloudStatementStationary FrontStationary WaveStation IdentifierStation PressureSteam FogSteering Winds (Steering Currents)St. Elmo's FireStormStorm-RelativeStorm-ScaleStorm SurgeStorm TrackStorm WarningStraight Line WindsStratiformStratocumulusStratosphereStratusStriationsSublimationSubsidenceSubsidenceSubtropical JetSubtropical StormSuction Vortex (sometimes Suction Spot)Supercell ThunderstormSupercooled WaterSupersaturationSurface HoarSurface PressureSustained WindsSweat IndexSynoptic ChartSynoptic Scale (Large Scale)Tail CloudTail-end CharlieTeleconnectionTemperate ZoneTemperatureTerrestrial RadiationThermalThermodynamicsThermometerTheta-e (or Equivalent Potential Temperature)Theta-e RidgeThunderThunderstormTilted Storm or Tilted UpdraftTopographyTornadic ActivityTornadoTornado AlleyTornado FamilyTornado WarningTotal-Totals IndexTowering CumulusTrade WindsTransverse BandsTransverse RollsTriple PointTropical AirTropical DepressionTropical DisturbanceTropical StormTropical Storm WarningTropical Storm WarningTropical WaveTropicsTropopauseTroposphereTroughTurbulenceTurkey TowerTwisterTyphoonUltraviolet RadiationUnstable AirUpdraftUpper Level SystemUpslope FlowUpstreamValley BreezeVapor PressureVariable CeilingVeering WindVertically-stacked SystemVertical ShearVicinityVirgaVirtual temperatureVisibilityVolcanic AshVortexVorticityVort MaxWalker CellWall CloudWarm AdvectionWarm FrontWarningWarning StageWatchWatch Box (or Box)WaterWater EquivalentWaterspoutWater VaporWaveWave CrestWavelengthWeatherWeather BalloonWeather SynopsisWedge (or Wedge Tornado)WhiteoutWindWind AdvisoryWind AloftWind ChillWind Chill AdvisoryWind Chill FactorWind Chill WarningWind DirectionWind ShearWind SpeedWind VaneWindwardWind WaveWinter StormWinter Storm WarningWinter Storm WatchWinter Weather AdvisoryWiresondeWorld Meteorological Organization (WMO)Wrapping Gust FrontYellow WindYougYoung IceZigzag LightningZodiacZonal Flow (Zonal Wind)Zone Of Maximum PrecipitationZulu Time
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