Meteorology (Weather)/Temperature gradient terminology
Why do meteorologists sometimes use the term "intense" when speaking about temperature gradients? I am used to gradients in other fields being spoken of as a line or incline and described as "steep". I know activity can be intense but I have never heard the term used for a gradient. Is it a shortcut for " temperature gradient zone"?
I am interested in understanding the use of this expression as a linguist.
Thank you for your reply.
Lets agree first on what a temperature "gradient" is. It is when an air mass has a temperature difference over some distance. In the case of horizontal distance, an "intense" gradient would be when the temperatures changes in short geographic distances.
A "steep" temperature gradient would be abnormal temperature changes in the vertical ascent of the atmosphere.