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Convergence
Convergence
The condition that exists when the distribution of winds within a given area is such that there is a net horizontal inflow of air into the area. In convergence at lower levels, the removal of the resulting excess is accomplished by an upward movement of air; consequently, areas of low-level convergent winds are regions favorable to the occurrence of clouds and precipitation. Compare with divergence.
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source: FAA Aviation Weather for Pilots (AC 00-6A)

A net increase in the mass of air over a specified area due to horizontal wind speed and/or direction changes. When convergence occurs in lower levels, it is usually associated with upward air motions.
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source: FAA Glider Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-13A)

A contraction of a vector field; the opposite of divergence. Convergence in a horizontal wind field indicates that more air is entering a given area than is leaving at that level. To compensate for the resulting "excess," vertical motion may result: upward forcing if convergence is at low levels, or downward forcing (subsidence) if convergence is at high levels. Upward forcing from low-level convergence increases the potential for thunderstorm development (when other factors, such as instability, are favorable). Compare with confluence.
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source: NOAA National Weather Service Glossary

  1. The act of moving toward union or uniformity.
  2. A meeting place.
  3. (mathematics) The process of approaching some limiting value.
  4. (physiology) The coordinated focusing of the eyes, especially at short range.
  5. The merging of distinct technologies, industries, or devices into a unified whole.
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