The degree to which vertical motion in the atmosphere is enhanced or suppressed. Vertical motions and pollution dispersion are enhanced in an unstable atmosphere. Thunderstorms and active fire conditions are common in unstable atmospheric conditions. Stability suppresses vertical motion and limits pollution dispersion.
Source: National Wildfire Coordinating Group. 2012. Glossary of Wildland Fire Terminology. PMS 205. Accessed on 9 September 2013. Available at http://www.nwcg.gov