Term: Dry freeze Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: The freezing of the soil and terrestrial objects caused by a reduction of temperature when the adjacent air does not contain sufficient moisture for the formation of hoarfrost on exposed surfaces. With respect to vegetation alone, this is termed a black frost. A dry freeze is usually considered to be a more local and short-period (probably radiative) phenomenon than a freeze.  AMSglossary