Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 42, Issue 1–2, pp 95–121 | Cite as

The stably stratified boundary layer over the great plains

I. Mean and turbulence structure
  • Donald H. Lenschow
  • Xing Sheng Li
  • Cui Juan Zhu
  • B. Boba Stankov


We present airplane measurements of the stably stratified nocturnal boundary layer obtained during the Severe Environmental Storms and Mesoscale Experiment (SESAME) in 1979. The cases presented here were obtained over rolling terrain in central Oklahama, with a mean slope of about 0.003. The results are in general agreement with previous modeling and observational studies for the mean and turbulence structure of the nocturnal boundary layer, with the exception that the eddy diffusivity of heat, and consequently the flux Richardson number are less than expected.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald H. Lenschow
    • 1
  • Xing Sheng Li
    • 2
  • Cui Juan Zhu
    • 2
  • B. Boba Stankov
    • 3
  1. 1.National Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA
  2. 2.National Marine Environmental Forecasting CenterBeijingChina
  3. 3.Meteorological Wave Propagation Laboratory, NOAABoulderUSA

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