atmospheric phenomenon

Definitions of atmospheric phenomenon
  1. noun
    a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere
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    cloud
    a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude
    air hole, air pocket, pocket
    a local region of low pressure or descending air that causes a plane to lose height suddenly
    aurora
    an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force
    condensate, condensation
    atmospheric moisture that has condensed because of cold
    front
    (meteorology) the atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses
    greenhouse effect, greenhouse warming
    warming that results when solar radiation is trapped by the atmosphere; caused by atmospheric gases that allow sunshine to pass through but absorb heat that is radiated back from the warmed surface of the earth
    inversion
    the layer of air near the earth is cooler than an overlying layer
    storm, violent storm
    a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightning
    atmospheric electricity
    electrical discharges in the atmosphere
    midnight sun
    the sun visible at midnight (inside the Arctic or Antarctic Circles)
    halo
    a circle of light around the sun or moon
    meteor shower, meteor stream
    a transient shower of meteors when a meteor swarm enters the earth's atmosphere
    sunrise
    atmospheric phenomena accompanying the daily appearance of the sun
    sunset
    atmospheric phenomena accompanying the daily disappearance of the sun
    afterglow
    a glow sometimes seen in the sky after sunset
    atmospheric condition, conditions, weather, weather condition
    the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation
    cirrocumulus, cirrocumulus cloud
    a cloud at a high altitude consisting of a series of regularly arranged small clouds resembling ripples
    cirrostratus, cirrostratus cloud
    a thin uniform layer of hazy cloud at high altitude
    cirrus, cirrus cloud
    a wispy white cloud (usually of fine ice crystals) at a high altitude (4 to 8 miles)
    cloud bank
    a layer of clouds seen from a distance
    condensation trail, contrail
    an artificial cloud created by an aircraft; caused either by condensation due to the reduction in air pressure above the wing surface or by water vapor in the engine exhaust
    cumulonimbus, cumulonimbus cloud, thundercloud
    a dark cloud of great vertical extent charged with electricity; associated with thunderstorms
    cumulus, cumulus cloud
    a globular cloud
    mother-of-pearl cloud, nacreous cloud
    a luminous iridescent cloud at a high altitude that may be seen when the sun is a few degrees below the horizon
    nebule
    a small cloud
    nimbus, nimbus cloud, rain cloud
    a dark grey cloud bearing rain
    storm cloud
    a heavy dark cloud presaging rain or a storm
    stratus, stratus cloud
    a large dark low cloud
    aurora australis, southern lights
    the aurora of the southern hemisphere
    aurora borealis, northern lights
    the aurora of the northern hemisphere
    cold weather
    a period of unusually cold weather
    sweat
    condensation of moisture on a cold surface
    fair weather, sunshine, temperateness
    moderate weather; suitable for outdoor activities
    firestorm
    a storm in which violent winds are drawn into the column of hot air rising over a severely bombed area
    warm front
    the front of an advancing mass of warmer air
    cold front, polar front
    the front of an advancing mass of colder air
    occluded front, occlusion
    (meteorology) a composite front when colder air surrounds a mass of warm air and forces it aloft
    noreaster, northeaster
    a storm blowing from the northeast
    hailstorm
    a storm during which hail falls
    hot weather
    a period of unusually high temperatures
    ice storm, silver storm
    a storm with freezing rain that leaves everything glazed with ice
    elves
    an acronym for emissions of light and very low frequency perturbations due to electromagnetic pulse sources; extremely bright extremely short (less than a msec) electrical flashes forming a huge ring (up to 400 km diameter) in the ionosphere
    blue jet, jet, reverse lightning
    atmospheric discharges (lasting 10 msec) bursting from the tops of giant storm clouds in blue cones that widen as they flash upward
    lightning
    abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light
    red sprites, sprites
    atmospheric electricity (lasting 10 msec) appearing as globular flashes of red (pink to blood-red) light rising to heights of 60 miles (sometimes seen together with elves)
    thaw, thawing, warming
    warm weather following a freeze, when snow and ice melt
    parhelic circle, parhelic ring, solar halo
    a luminous halo parallel to the horizon at the altitude of the sun; caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere
    downfall, precipitation
    the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
    rainstorm
    a storm with rain
    blizzard, snowstorm
    a storm with widespread snowfall accompanied by strong winds
    electric storm, electrical storm, thunderstorm
    a storm resulting from strong rising air currents; heavy rain or hail along with thunder and lightning
    wave
    a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures)
    elements
    violent or severe weather (viewed as caused by the action of the four elements)
    air current, current, current of air, wind
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
    windstorm
    a storm consisting of violent winds
    atmosphere, atmospheric state
    the weather or climate at some place
    good weather
    weather suitable for outdoor activities
    bad weather, inclemency, inclementness
    weather unsuitable for outdoor activities
    dew
    water that has condensed on a cool surface overnight from water vapor in the air
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    physical phenomenon
    a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
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