Kelvin–Helmholtz instability

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An instability caused by high values of vertical wind shear that occur within a shallow layer, such as an inversion in which there is a strong temperature or density gradient. In the atmosphere, the resulting waves (Kelvin–Helmholz waves) are often revealed by the presence of billow clouds, including forms that resemble breaking water waves.

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