latent instability

latent instability

[′lāt·ənt ‚in·stə′bil·əd·ē]
(meteorology)
The state of that portion of a conditionally unstable air column lying above the level of free convection; latent instability is released only if an initial impulse on a parcel gives it sufficient kinetic energy to carry it through the layer below the level of free convection, within which the environment is warmer than the parcel.
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With a coherent monetary policy, developing countries are better equipped to deal with the external shocks and latent instability resulting from the international crises.
Representation was caught in a double hind, its latent instability and urgency hyperbolized even as it vanished before the viewer's eyes in an act of self-sabotage.
Although there has been no well-marked convergence area the latent instability of such an airmass ensures developing thunderstorms recur daily.
Once the landlocked backwater between Iran and the Soviet Union, the Caspian has in the last 10 years emerged as the epicentre of conflicting interests in a region where massive geopolitical issues converge with enormous energy resources and dramatic latent instability.