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North Pacific high

[ nawrthpuh-sif-ik hahy ]
/ ˈnɔrθ pəˈsɪf ɪk ˈhaɪ /
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noun Meteorology.

a semipermanent subtropical high in the North Pacific Ocean, centered about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) northeast of Hawaii, where it is strongest during the summer: as the North Pacific high becomes weakened and displaced toward the equator with the onset of winter, the Aleutian low becomes more dominant.

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Also called Ha·wai·ian high [huh-wahy-uhn hahy, -wah-yuhn] /həˈwaɪ ən ˈhaɪ, -ˈwɑ yən/ .
Compare Azores high.

Origin of North Pacific high

First recorded in 1920–25
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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