Term: Whirlies Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
Contributed by GCW Glossary


Definition: A name given by Sir Douglas Mawson (1915) to violent, snow-carrying whirlwinds, from a few to over one hundred meters in diameter, that occur in otherwise calm air on the slopes of Ad lie Land, Antarctica, at about the time of the equinoxes. Over the sea, reportedly, they may lift brash 70-140 m into the air and form columns of water drops 1250 m high.  AMSglossary