Knik wind

From Glossary of Meteorology



knik wind

Local name for a strong southeast wind in the vicinity of Palmer in the Matanuska Valley of Alaska.

The knik wind blows most frequently in the winter, although it may occur at any time of year. In winter the knik winds are accompanied by very pronounced temperature rises; cases of more than 10°C in 24 hours have been observed. These winds may last from one to ten days. They result from a pressure gradient normal to the Chugach Mountains, causing a pronounced foehn effect in the Matanuska Valley.


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