inactive front

inactive front

[in′ak·tiv ′frənt]
(meteorology)
A front, or portion thereof, that produces very little cloudiness and no precipitation, as opposed to an active front. Also known as passive front.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This produces sinking motion and fair weather, and the result is a katafront, "inactive front," or "dry front." These systems are often seen in the central United States, and most of the weather will be ahead of them.
There remains a theory, as outlined in the Guardian story, that the soldier was posing for a photograph when he was picked off by a sniper who was still present on an inactive front. ICP, which was founded by Robert Capa's brother, Cornell Capa, provides this assessment of "The Falling Soldier":
Indeed, any new war between North and South will not be limited to this part of Sudan, but will rather set ablaze yet again all currently inactive fronts, especially in the East, and the current front in Darfur will be rekindled.

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