Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 371–394

Thermal asymmetry and cross-valley circulation in a small alpine valley

  • Barbara Hennemuth

DOI: 10.1007/BF00118338

Cite this article as:
Hennemuth, B. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1986) 36: 371. doi:10.1007/BF00118338


Wind observations from a small Alpine valley are used to investigate the problem of cross-valley winds. The observed daytime windfield is a superposition of dynamically and thermally forced cross-winds. Prevailing cross-winds above the valley result in a recirculation cell above the lee slope. The return flow is strengthened or weakened by thermal effects which induce a wind that blows from the shaded to the sunny side of the valley. The reaction time of the thermally induced cross-winds is only 4 min. The horizontal and vertical motions of the cross-valley circulation transport heat in such a way that the insolation differences between the two sides of the valley are nearly equalized.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Hennemuth
    • 1
  1. 1.Meteorologisches Institut, Universität MünchenMünchenF.R.G.
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für MeteorologieHamburgF.R.G.