Latent instability

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latent instability

Atmospheric conditions above the level of free convection when the lapse rate is steeper than moist adiabatic; has been used more as a quantitative measure than a qualitative condition.

It is becoming an obsolete term, replaced qualitatively by conditional instability and quantitatively by convective available potential energy.