temperature inversion


General Science

  • noun an atmospheric phenomenon in which cold air is nearer the ground than warm air, making the temperature of the air rise as it gets further from the ground, trapping pollutants between the layers of air


  • Within the atmosphere, an increase in temperature along with an increase in height. This is opposite the usual pattern.
  • Any inversion of the usual decrease or increase of a property, as a function of temperature.
  • synonymthermal inversion