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Term of the Road Dictionary

high-impact weather event

  • Language : PIARC Road Dictionary / English
  • Theme : Environment Climate and Geography
  • Definition : Short (e.g. cyclone, rapid freezing of the road surface) or long-term (e.g. prolonged heat wave, draught, monsoon) severe weather conditions that have a shocking or striking influence. Note: the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) promotes using the term “high-impact” rather than “severe” to cope with events covering all time scales.

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