atmospheric phenomenon

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Noun1.atmospheric phenomenon - a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphereatmospheric phenomenon - a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere
cloud - a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude
physical phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
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, weather, weather condition, conditions - the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation; "they were hoping for good weather"; "every day we have weather conditions and yesterday was no exception"; "the conditions were too rainy for playing in the snow"
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On Sunday nights, the town is a mecca to islanders who come to catch a glimpse of the "Green Ray," an atmospheric phenomenon seen only as the sun sinks into the sea.
The 80s have brought us five of the warmest years on record, as well as an awareness of an atmospheric phenomenon called global warming (see "ReLeaf for Global Warming" in the November/December 1988 issue).
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After a four-year study, they concluded that most sightings could be explained by a little- known atmospheric phenomenon.
A spokesman said: 'It is a purely atmospheric phenomenon - probably ice crystals.
It's an atmospheric phenomenon that some researchers think could ease the greenhouse effect.
To others, the circles suggest the action of microwave-generated ball lightning, numerate whirlwinds, or some other peculiar atmospheric phenomenon.
Both said computer models say an atmospheric phenomenon called stratospheric warming near the North Pole is occurring now.
But at this time of year, there is a particularly special atmospheric phenomenon to spot - a type of cloud that you can only observe in the night sky.
A research from CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research published in the international journal Nature showed the Indian Ocean Dipole atmospheric phenomenon has been making a significant impact on rainfall in countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

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