polar front

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polar front,

zone of transition between polar and tropical air massesair mass,
large body of air within the earth's atmosphere in which temperature and humidity, although varying at different heights, remain similar throughout the body at any one height.
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. Its average position during the winter is at about 30° lat. and during the summer at about 60° lat. In the N Atlantic Ocean, for example, the polar front can often be traced as a continuous line extending over thousands of miles, usually toward the northeast from a point just off the coast of the United States at about 30°N. Most cyclonescyclone,
atmospheric pressure distribution in which there is a low central pressure relative to the surrounding pressure. The resulting pressure gradient, combined with the Coriolis effect, causes air to circulate about the core of lowest pressure in a counterclockwise direction
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 outside the tropics develop along the polar front from waves caused by the juxtaposition of cold air moving toward the equator and hot air moving toward the poles; the earth's rotation gives this air its cyclonic twist. See frontfront,
in meteorology, zone of transition between adjacent air masses. If a cold air mass is advancing to replace a warmer one, their mutual boundary is termed a cold front; if the reverse, then the boundary is termed a warm front, whereas a stationary front indicates that no
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Polar Front


an atmospheric front arising at the boundary between an air mass originating outside the tropical latitudes and one originating within the tropical latitudes, that is, between polar, or cooler, air and tropical air. The polar front in each hemisphere usually consists of several separate branches, each of which is associated with a series of cyclones that develop along it.

polar front

[′pō·lər ′frənt]
The semipermanent, semicontinuous front separating air masses of tropical and polar origin; this is the major front in terms of air mass contrast and susceptibility to cyclonic disturbance.

polar front

polar front
Typical polar front depression in the Southern Hemisphere.
A semipermanent and semicontinuous front separating air masses of tropical and polar origin.
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While the Polar Front Jet and Equatorial Jet depend on a large thermal contrast for their formation, in this particular jet stream, thermal contrast plays only a small part.
For example, she refers to the cold circumpolar vortex as the "polar calotte" or cap, cold air pressing southward as a "spreading cold tongue," nascent waves on the polar front as spiral-formed "breakers," and the three vertical cells of the general circulation as "running like cogged wheels.
With a persistent northerly air flow, the polar front is limit in its ability to dominate the South at surface level which may just provide the lift required to turn moisture into precipitation.
Phil and Mark Richardson, of Lintzford Close, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, are to put their sailing skills to good use as founders of The Polar Front, a North-East business venture they hope will boost global warming awareness and maritime interest.
At this time of year the polar front can lie across central and southern parts of the UK.
The Jordan Meteorological Department has said temperatures will dip below the freezing point tonight and in evenings over the next couple of days as the polar front and depression will continue to affect the Kingdom with more rainfall and snowfall forecast in highlands.
In the opposite direction, ridges extend to 60[degrees]S pushing warm air into the Polar Front zone so exciting vortex development with equally deep low pressure cores often going as low as 940hPa.
25 (Petra) The polar front Monday is expected to deepen and snowfall will blanket areas 700m and higher above sea level with cold westerly to northwesterly gusty winds.
24 (Petra) The polar front centered over Syria is forecast to deepen on Sunday, causing temperatures to dip well below their annual average and bringing heavy rain accompanied with thunder and lightening and snow across the Kingdom.
On Monday, the polar front will deepen and snowfall will spread to areas 700 meters high while hail and thunderstorms are forecast in other parts of the Kingdom.
The impact of the polar front will deepen on Friday when a sharp drop in mercury levels is expected.
the link between sea level rise south of the polar fronts, deep subsurface warming and large-scale wind shifts.