Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
ANTICYCLONE IS A term for a region of closed circulation of air in the troposphere (the lowest 6 mi. [10 km.] or so of Earths atmosphere) with descending air from aloft and high atmospheric pressure at the surface. Anti-cyclonic circulation is usually accompanied by relatively high atmospheric pressure at the surface, and so the term high is often used interchangeably with anticyclone . Anticyclones, as the name suggests, are the opposite of cyclones, which are regions of low pressure and typically associated with clouds, precipitation, and storms. On a surface weather map, meteorologists often denote anticyclones with a capital letter “H,” and cyclones by a capital “L.” Unlike cyclones, anticyclones are not usually associated with weather fronts. Anticyclones are sometimes referred to as ridges of high ...