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contessa del vento

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A type of cloud that typically has a rounded base and a bulging upper surface. Sometimes a number of separate discs of this cloud-form extend one above another. Such cloud occurs on the lee...

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föhn wall

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Mass of cap cloud and associated precipitation over windward slopes and parts of leeward slopes on mountain barriers, resulting from the föhn effect (see föhn wind).

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lee wave

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A wave motion in a current of air as it descends below an upper layer of stable air, after its forced rise over a mountain barrier, which sets up vertical oscillations (also called a standi...

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pile d'assiettes

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[French: ‘pile of plates’]

The usual term for a series of lenticular clouds, stacked one above the other, caused by wave motion in multiple humid layers of air.

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wave clouds

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Clouds occurring in an air stream characterized by wave motion, usually after passing over a mountain barrier. Lenticular (lens-shaped) clouds and cloudlets appearing stationary in the...

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