ExtratropicalA term used in advisories and tropical summaries to indicate that a cyclone has lost its "tropical" characteristics. The term implies both poleward displacement of the
cyclone and the conversion of the cyclone's primary energy source from the release of latent heat of condensation to baroclinic (the temperature contrast between warm and cold air
masses) processes. It is important to note that cyclones can become extratropical and still retain winds of hurricane or tropical storm force.
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