white squall

[ hwahyt-skwawl, wahyt ]
/ ˈʰwaɪt ˈskwɔl, ˈwaɪt /

noun Meteorology, Nautical.

a maritime squall whose approach is indicated by whitecaps and turbulent water rather than by the clouds that usually accompany a squall: The sudden fogs, white squalls, and terrible ice storms made navigating Lake Superior treacherous.

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Origin of white squall

First recorded in 1770–75
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British Dictionary definitions for white squall

white squall

noun

a violent highly localized weather disturbance at sea, in which the surface of the water is whipped to a white spray by the winds
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