(Of a wind) caused by local downward motion of cool air. Compare with anabatic.
- The most famous katabatic wind in Europe is the Mistral, which blows down the Rhône valley in southern France and out into the Mediterranean.
- The most extreme type of katabatic wind is found in the Antarctic where cold gusts of wind surge across the polar ice caps.
- As a result of katabatic winds, temperatures in valleys and low lying areas can be significantly lower…
Late 19th century: from Greek katabatikos, from katabainein 'go down'.
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