maritime tropical air

maritime tropical air

[′mar·ə‚tīm ′träp·ə·kəl ¦er]
(meteorology)
The principal type of tropical air, produced over the tropical and subtropical seas; it is very warm and humid, and is frequently carried poleward on the western flanks of the subtropical highs.
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Since the 1940s these summertime storms have been known by their misnomer "air mass thunderstorms," suggesting that they just randomly appear anywhere within the warm, humid maritime tropical air.

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