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Fohn (Föhn) wind

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Warm and dry winds descending on the leeward side of the mountain. The air falling to the floor of an adjacent valley or plain after blowing across the mountaintop warms up adiabatically. Thus, this wind is warmer than the surrounding air. In Europe, it is known as a Fohn or Föhn wind. In the United States and Canada, along the eastern slopes of the Rockies (i.e., leeward side), the Indian name Chinook is used.
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But there is increasingly frequent respite in the form of warm "foehn wind".
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Foehn winds affect local weather and climate and impact agriculture (growing conditions due to temperature and humidity changes; top soil erosion), tourism (reliable spots for wind and kite surfing), artificial snow making (change of wet-bulb temperatures), air pollution (trapping pollutants in cold pools underneath the foehn layer, or sweeping them away in case of breakthrough), human health (reduction of air pollution), forest fires (intensifying them to uncontrollable extents), ground traffic (toppling trucks; snow or sand drifts; blasting of vehicles with sand and small rocks), and air traffic (closure of runways when crosswinds are too high).
The appearance of this hot, dry air was accompanied by strong western foehn winds blowing along the lee side of the Judean Mts.
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