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harmattan

[‚här·mə′tan]
(meteorology)
A dry, dust-bearing wind from the northeast or east which blows in West Africa especially from late November until mid-March; it originates in the Sahara as a desert wind and extends southward to about 5°N in January and 18°N in July. Also spelled harmatan; harmetan; hermitan.

Harmattan

 

a northeast winter trade wind that blows from the Sahara to the West African coast south of 20° N lat.; it occurs from November through March. The harmattan is extremely dry and often reaches hurricane force. It transports large amounts of dust and sand to the Atlantic Ocean.

harmattan

A dry, dusty wind of the west coast of Africa, blowing from the desert.
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A preliminary analysis of dust transported by the Harmattan winds and collected in Dedougou (Burkina Faso) indicated a majority of very small-sized particles (<100 nm) (Martiny et al.
In discussing the surface zone where the NE harmattan encounters the SW monsoon, he patently states that "to call it an ITCZ is completely wrong," and laments that terms "such as the ITF and ITCZ ...
Diarrhea cases were also found in this study to be high mostly in harmattan compared to the rainy season for 4-year trends, except in 2014.
Clinic attendance was lowest in December, probably because of the festive season, and highest after the festive season in January, which is often the peak of Harmattan season with cold, dry conditions, which predisposes SCD patients to developing crises.
Thus, he has contributed in no small way at encouraging the development of modern art, by floating the regular Harmattan series since the early twenty-first century.
The asset sale includes all production volumes and acreage in the company's southern Harmattan area.
"Interval" / Typescript undated, written between 1976 and 1984 as part of the drafts for Lucid Interval as Integral Music (Harmattan Press, 1984).
Abortion was also more in the rainy (19.6%) than the dry (13.0%) and harmattan (lower temperatures with winds)(13.5%) seasons respectively.
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Tea has traditionally been popular in the north of the country, which gets cold at night during the harsh harmattan (dry) season, but it is consumed less in other parts of the country.
Like the mighty Harmattan that drives powerful dust storms across the Sahel, powerful winds of change are blowing throughout the region.
Prices steadied after recent highs caused by the dry Harmattan wind across West Africa that blows away leaves and flowers which develop into cocoa fruits.