|Compare anabatic (of winds) blowing downhill through having become denser with cooling, esp at night when heat is lost from the earth's surface|
|katabatic (kāt'ə-bāt'ĭk) Pronunciation Key
Relating to wind currents that blow down a gradient, especially down the slopes of a mountain or glacier. When air comes in contact with the cool surface of a glacier or the upper regions of a mountain or slope, the air cools, becomes dense, and blows downward. Katabatic winds are usually cool and are especially common at night in polar regions. Compare anabatic.