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sting jet

sting jet n. a weather formation characterized by high, damaging winds, caused by rapidly descending cool, dry air in contact with warm, moist air. Editorial Note: A picture of a sting jet can be seen here. Etymological Note: As indicated in the citations, Keith Browning, Peter Clark, and Tim Hewson coined the word, based upon the scorpion-tail-like shape of the weather formation when viewed from above. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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