conditional instability

conditional instability

[kən′dish·ən·əl ‚in·stə′bil·əd·ē]
(meteorology)
The state of a column of air in the atmosphere when its lapse rate of temperature is less than the dry adiabatic lapse rate but greater than the saturation adiabatic lapse rate.
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The researchers call this phenomenon "aerosol-enhanced conditional instability," and Fan suggested that weather forecasts in industrial regions may often be inaccurate if they fail to consider the effects of air pollution.
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