alberta clipper

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Alberta clipper
 
n
meteorol (in Canada) an area of low pressure that forms in winter near the Rocky Mountains

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Main Entry:  Alberta clipper
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a type of fast-moving low-pressure weather system bringing cold and winds as it passes, in north-central and northeastern North America; also called clipper system, Canadian clipper
Example:  In the wintertime, an Alberta clipper may be associated with a narrow but significant band of snowfall, and typically affects portions of the plains states, Midwest, and East Coast.
Etymology:  fr. Alberta, Canada, and fast 19th-century ships
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