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Zephyr

A light, warm breeze. Derived from Zephryros, the personification by the ancient Greeks of the warm west wind that was thought to prevail around the time of the summer solstice.

Zonal flow

Large-scale atmospheric flow in which the east-west component (i.e., latitudinal) is dominant. The accompanying meridional (north-south) component often is weaker than normal. Compare with meridional flow. Weather systems tend to move past quickly in a zonal flow regime.

Zulu

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Centred on zero degrees longitude. For scientific purposes this time zone is also known as Universal Time (UTC). All meteorological observations worldwide are reported using this time (for ease of comparison and computation). This timezone is commonly suffixed with 'Z'.

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