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Dewpoint temperature

The temperature to which a given parcel of air must be cooled before it becomes saturated; the temperature of an object when dew first forms on it.

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A strong south-westerly wind off the Pacific Ocean. This wind can bring heavy rain and flooding to the Pacific Northwest during winter.


Fear of rain


Wisconsin was probably named from a Chippewa word that means "river of red stone" or "river of the great rock."

Celestial equator

The circle around the celestial sphere that is halfway between the celestial poles. It can be thought of as the plane of Earth’s equator projected out onto the sphere.


East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil.


Named for the Roman god Janus, protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future.


1/6 inch; used in printing for measuring column width, etc.

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