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Foehn  n.  (Meteor.)
A warm dry wind that often blows in the northern valleys of the Alps, due to the indraught of a storm center passing over Central Europe. The wind, heated by compression in its descent from the mountains, reaches the base, particularly in winter, dry and warm.
Any similar wind, as the chinook, in other parts of the world.

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"Foehn" Quotes from Famous Books

... storms of wind arise very quickly. The Swiss used to dread these storms so much that they gave names to the winds as if they were people. The south wind, which is the fiercest, they called the Foehn. There used to be a law that when the Foehn arose, all fires were to be put out. For the wind whistled and blew down the wide chimneys like great bellows, till the fires flared up so fiercely that the houses, which were built of wood, were in danger of being burned to the ground. ...
— Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12) • Various

Words linked to "Foehn" :   wind, air current, current of air, fohn

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