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Unformatted text preview: technically katabatic winds, but the latter term is usually reserved for particularly cold and fast winds. The warm, dry wind that travels down the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains is called the chinook wind. The chinook wall cloud that is formed along the front range of the Rockies indicates the chinook wind's presence and the possibility of strong winds at the foothills. A Santa Ana wind is one that blows from the east or northeast into southern California. Local winds in desert areas cause different kinds of dust storms. A haboob is caused by cold downdrafts from thunderstorms. Whirlwinds and dust devils form on clear, hot days when the ground temperature causes the air to heat up and begin the convection process....
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course NATS 104 taught by Professor Lewis during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.
- Spring '08