The meanings behind strange weather words

Sometimes meteorological terms sound like they come from a different language. In fact, they usually do. Learn about modern weather words that swirl with Greek, Latin, Arabic, Old English meanings and more.

Text by Greg Thilmont | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Mar 16, 2014 8:22PM
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What - no dust devils, zyhper, sorrico or Chinook?  Well, at least I got two of them spelt right!
Jul 18, 2013 12:23PM
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What about "adiabatic heating" and "standing lenticular cloud"?  Both are common weather phenomenons in southern California.
Jul 18, 2013 11:59AM
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If you ever get the chance to catch a Full Moon Night at White Sands Nat'l Monument in NM, don't pass it by. It is really something to see. Midnight albedo.
Jul 18, 2013 7:39AM
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We get sun dogs all the time in winter in Northern MN.

 

Jul 18, 2013 7:02AM
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I was surprised the term "Haboob" was not included in this list.  In general terms it is a sandstorm, but I would think the name would truly qualify as a strange weather word.
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