barrier jet

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A narrow band of strong winds resulting from an orographic obstruction such as that presented by a range of mountains. Such a jet often arises when a surge of polar air encounters a mountain barrier. Unlike a jet stream it is located near the surface, not near the tropopause.

Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology.

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