katabatic wind

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Noun1.katabatic wind - a wind caused by the downward motion of cold air
air current, current of air, wind - air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; "trees bent under the fierce winds"; "when there is no wind, row"; "the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere"
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The solar PV panels, sourced from German company Aleo Solar, have been built to withstand extreme weather conditions in the Antarctic, the coldest continent on earth, where katabatic wind speeds can reach nearly 300 km/h and the average temperature ranges from -10 degrees Celsius to -60 degrees Celsius depending on the time of year.
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In 2004, three Finns died when they were struck by a piteraq, an infamous, ferocious katabatic wind. Unable to pitch their tent, the group froze to death.
Another is the Bora, a strong east to northeast katabatic wind most noticeable around the Trieste region in winter and spring, but also occuring along the length of the Adriatic coast.
This dense air flows down the glacier, creating what is known as a katabatic wind. The Antarctic gusts are caused by such winds acting on a grand scale.
These are known as katabatic winds, as explained here.
In summer, katabatic winds are weaker than in winter because of differences in how much heat can be lost from the source region and to local sea breezes.
We raised sails on our kayaks, which helped us take full advantage of every favourable weather window, especially on the longer passages between headlands and across wide open bays that were vulnerable to katabatic winds that raced off the surrounding mountains.