Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

, Volume 47, Issue 2–4, pp 237–245 | Cite as

Turbulent dissipation of cold air lake in a basin

  • Z. Petkovšek


Problems of turbulent dissipation of a cold air lake (CAL) and the inversion layer bordering CAL on the upper boundary are presented and studied with the compound model. In wintertime such cold air lakes can persist for days even if rather strong winds are blowing above them. The required conditions for CAL dissipation are removed processes of its formation or maintenance, as well as a sufficiently strong invasion of turbulence in the inversion layer from above down-wards. By this, the inversion layer at first becomes stronger and dissipation is stopped, until the increase of turbulent kinetic energy of the upper flow enables further dissipation. Such turbulent dissipation process is shown by the model for typical conditions and for different initial values of the relevent variables.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Petkovšek
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsFaculty of Sciences (FNT)LjubljanaSlovenia

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