Extratropical cyclones, also known as wave cyclones, are hurricane-strength storms that form in middle and high latitudes at all times of the year. Examples of these strong storms include the famous northeasters of New England, storms along the east slopes of the Rockies and in the Gulf of Mexico, and smaller hurricane-strength storms that form in arctic regions. These storms develop along polar fronts that form semicontinuous boundaries between cold polar air and warm subtropical air. Troughs of low pressure
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