Sun, Jul 05, 2009
Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms,
names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that
populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed
wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.
Aero-Terms should serve as a quick but intriguing reminder of
the terms you may use every day, or an introduction to an aspects
of the Aero-World you may not yet be familiar with. ANN also
encourages readers to go beyond the FMI link, and further research
any intriguing terms.
Suggestions for future Aero-Terms are ALWAYS
welcome, as are additions or discussion of the
explanations given for each Aero-Term.
An area of strong winds that are concentrated in a relatively
narrow band in the upper troposphere of the middle latitudes and
subtropical regions of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
Flowing in a semi-continuous band around the globe from west to
east, it is caused by the changes in air temperature where the cold
polar air moving towards the equator meets the warmer equatorial
air moving polarward. It is marked by a concentration of isotherms
and strong vertical shear.
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