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long wave
With regard to atmospheric circulation, a wave in the major belt of westerlies which is characterized by large length (thousands of kilometers) and significant amplitude; the wavelength is typically longer than that of the rapidly moving individual cyclonic and anticyclonic disturbances of the lower troposphere. Also known as major wave; planetary wave.
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From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Environmental Science.  The Content is a copyrighted work of McGraw-Hill and McGraw-Hill reserves all rights in and to the Content.  The Work is © 2008 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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