Newton, Chester W. National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado.
Last reviewed:December 2019
- Dynamical processes
- Frontal storms and weather
- Middle-latitude highs or anticyclones
- Principal cyclone tracks
- Mesoscale weather systems
- Role in terrestrial energy balance
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
An atmospheric disturbance involving perturbations of the prevailing pressure and wind fields on scales ranging from tornadoes (about 330 ft or 100 m across) to extratropical cyclones (1000–2000 mi or 2000–3000 km across); also, the associated weather (rain storm, blizzard and the like). Storms influence human activity in such matters as agriculture, transportation, building construction, water impoundment and flood control and the generation, transmission and consumption of electric energy.
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