white squall


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white squall

[′wīt ′skwȯl]
(meteorology)
A sudden squall in tropical or subtropical waters, which lacks the usual squall cloud and whose approach is signaled only by the whiteness of a line of broken water or whitecaps.
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Fifteen miles off Tawas Point, the 147-foot tug Redmond Prindiville was towing the barges white squall and Libbie Nau.
Divers believed it was associated with the White Squall.
They get drunk, they lose their virginity and then face death when the ship sails into the white squall.
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But as the Albatross headed for its Bahamas home port in 1961, it suddenly encountered a white squall - a localized microburst of intense, hurricane-force wind and water - that capsized the ship and sent it to the bottom in all of 90 seconds.
In addition, Pip, the black cabin boy on the Pequod, at the end of Chapter 40 expresses terror of white squalls, white whales, white men, but primarily of" 'thou big white God aloft there somewhere in yon darkness'" (178).