dry freeze

dry freeze

[¦drī ′frēz]
(hydrology)
The freezing of the soil and terrestrial objects caused by a reduction of temperature when the adjacent air does not contain sufficient moisture for the formation of hoarfrost on exposed surfaces.
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We'll be rowing a total of 3,000 miles and be living off dry freeze food.
Dry freeze and hard dry freeze -- With little precipitation throughout the winter, these areas experience 15 or more freeze-thaw cycles in a year and are typically located in the higher elevations of the western United States.