One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A distinctive arch-shaped cloud formation often visible in the skies above the Canterbury Plains when a northwest wind is blowing.‘there's some blue far to the west where the nor'west arch sweeps across’
- ‘The scene is typical of Christchurch late on a nor'west day when the nor'west arch of cloud leaves a clear view of the mountains and the sky gilded by the setting sun.’
- ‘Flying into Christchurch, the evening light sliding low and green beneath a nor'west arch, you are surprised to see the Waimakariri, sinuous as an eel.’
- ‘When the nor'westers come over the Southern Alps under certain conditions the air goes into a wave and creates clouds which are bands across the Canterbury Plains, and eventually the nor'west arch is created.’
- ‘You'll not see a nor'west arch over the alps tonight.’
- ‘We are maddened by the nor'west arch and obsessed with Mounfort's gothic revival architecture.’
- ‘I will not say Canterbury, take my bones no, not till I've seen the fabled nor'west arch streak across the sky.’
- ‘The poet sees what we see - the mountain, the flower, the seagull, the nor'west arch.’
- ‘Look for the nor'west arch over the Canterbury Plains as a signal for these katabatic winds.’
- ‘The hot, dry winds may blow for several days at a time, heralded by the Nor'west Arch.’
- ‘Through my study window the sun is setting and the nor'west arch is ablaze.’
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