roaring forties


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

roaring forties,

name applied, especially by sailors, to the latitudes between 40°S and 50°S, where the prevailing westerly winds are strong and steady. Unlike the winds in the Northern Hemisphere, those in the roaring forties are not impeded by large land areas.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Roaring Forties

 

the traditional name for the tracts of ocean in the 40th degrees of latitude in the southern hemisphere, where strong and steady west winds and frequent storms are common. Similar climatic conditions are observed over the oceans in the 50th degrees of latitude in the southern hemisphere.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

roaring forties

[′rȯr·iŋ ′fȯr·dēz]
(meteorology)
A popular nautical term for the stormy ocean regions between 40° and 50° latitude; it usually refers to the Southern Hemisphere, where there is an almost completely uninterrupted belt of ocean with strong prevailing westerly winds.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Ed Byrne brings his Roaring Forties tour to Warwick Arts Centre on December 4.
'Mostly Clueless', 'The Last Benchers', 'Questionable Characters', 'Pickled Brains', 'Tip of My Tongue', 'Quizically Challenged', 'Lone Rangers', 'Limited Liability Company', 'Roaring Forties', 'Muscat Rockers', 'aQmen', 'Clever Cheetahs', 'Chacha and Peanuts', 'Hardly Time to Prepare' are among many teams that will try to book a place in annals of quizzing history in Oman.
Halfway through a group rendition of * ROARING FORTIES: its way through Meltham Pack Up Your Troubles, he said: "I volunteered in 1940 and I was a very lucky man as I went to America six or seven times."
The extreme conditions with the Roaring Forties and storm waves up to 9 metres high provided challenges.
From the daily 12-hourly charts, the "roaring Forties" and their southerly twin "furious Fifties" have squeezed further south and intermittent vortex cores (the 60[degrees]S range) offer pressures as deep as the 930 hPa mark.
Nickerson; A JOURNEY INTO MICHELANGELO'S ROME; Roaring Forties Press $21.95 ISBN: 9780977742912
ANSWERS: 1 Arizona; 2 1952; 3 The Charleston; 4 Michael Winner; 5 The female reproductive part of a flower; 6 American; 7 Brush; 8 Cricketer Sajid Mahmood; 9 The Roaring Forties; 10 Nitric acid.
One wouldn't like to see any of the 17 other runners fail to give their running in this 6,000-mile heat - succumbing to hypothermia in the Roaring Forties or getting snaffled by sharks off The Great Australian Bight - but the netprophet tenner is down on The Ancient Mariner (No.7 on your racecard) at a surely too-big 10-1.
They are: Iain Banks - The Crow Road, Christopher Brookmyre - One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, The Broons and Oor Wullie: The Roaring Forties, Dave Brown & Ian Mitchell - Mountain Days and Bothy Nights, Des Dillon - Me and Ma Gal, Alasdair Gray - Lanark, Janet Paisley - Not for Glory , Ian Rankin - Set in Darkness , Alan Warner - Morvern Callar and Welsh's Trainspotting.
Floor pieces made of reddish or brownish plates can look as soft and welcoming as wood: Roaring Forties, 1988, in weathered cold-rolled steel, 23 meters long, lay in a wide corridor at the Musee Cantini, stretching out into the distance like a red carpet to a transcendental destination.
It was chosen after the brewery's first preferred name, The Roaring Forties, was thought too obscure a reference.