Meaning of CONVERGENCE in English


A contraction of a vector field; the opposite of divergence . Convergence in a horizontal wind field indicates that more air is entering a given area than is leaving at that level. To compensate for the resulting "excess," vertical motion may result: upward forcing if convergence is at low levels, or downward forcing ( subsidence ) if convergence is at high levels. Upward forcing from low-level convergence increases the potential for thunderstorm development (when other factors, such as instability , are favorable). Compare with confluence .

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