Cold Front in Warm Advection

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Veronika Zwatz-Meise
Barbara Zeiner

Cold Front in Warm Advection

Published: 01 January 2005

CF in WA forms, when a Cold Front encounters warm air advection related to an another approaching system. Most often this happens, when a new wave forms within a Cold Front. Cold Fronts in Warm Advection, abbreviated CF in WA, are principally like normal Cold Fronts, but they are wholly within warm advection. The warm advection is generally weak, and it is weaker behind the frontal zone than ahead of it. In summer the Cold Fronts in Warm Advection are nearly as common as Cold Fronts in Cold Advection, but in winter they are rare. CF in WA forms, when a Cold Front encounters an area of warm advection connected to another, approaching system. Usually this system is a Warm Front, either a wave forming within the Cold Front, or another cyclone catching up the Cold Front. It can also be Detached Warm Front, Warm Conveyor Belt, Baroclinic Boundary, or an Occlusion with warm advection ahead of it. CF in WA is often a relatively old, weakening front. This stage does not last long (typically less than 12 hours), and it soon turns into some other type of Cold Front or a Wave, or just disappears.

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