How are air masses named?

The air masses are named based on their source regions. These are: 

Source regions

Air masses

Warm tropical and subtropical oceans

Maritime tropical (mT)

The subtropical hot deserts

Continental tropical (cT)

The relatively cold high latitude oceans

Maritime polar (mP)

The very cold snow-covered continents in high latitudes

Continental polar (cP)

Permanently ice-covered continents in the Arctic and Antarctica

Continental arctic (cA)

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