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High Pressure

Also: Anticyclonic, Divergence

Meteorological (weather) terms.

An area of clockwise turning winds, high barometric pressure, and fair weather. (In the Northern Hemisphere.) The geostrophic (high altitude) winds are nearly circular on a large scale, but surface friction causes an outward component to the circular motion. This is called "divergence."

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