Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 163, Issue 3, pp 469–495 | Cite as

Numerical Study of Winter Diurnal Convection Over the City of Krasnoyarsk: Effects of Non-freezing River, Undulating Fog and Steam Devils

  • M. Hrebtov
  • K. Hanjalić
Research Article


We performed a numerical simulation of penetrative convection of an inversion-topped weakly stratified atmospheric boundary layer over urban terrain with a strong localized source of heat and moisture. With some simplifications, the case mimics the real environment of the Krasnoyarsk region in Russia where the non-freezing river Yenisei acts as a thermal and humidity source during winter, generating an undulating fog pattern along the river accompanied with scattered ‘steam devils’. An idealized full diurnal cycle was simulated using an unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) three-equation algebraic flux model and the novel buoyancy-accounting functions for treating the ground boundary conditions. The results show a significant effect of the river on the net temperature and moisture distribution. The localized heat and moisture source leads to strong horizontal convection and marked non-uniformity of humidity concentration in the air. An interplay of several distinct large-scale vortex systems leads to a wavy pattern of moisture plumes over the river. The simulations deal with rare natural phenomena and show the capability of the RANS turbulence closure to capture the main features of flow and scalar fields on an affordable, relatively coarse, computational grid.


Atmospheric boundary layer Diurnal convection Steam devils Undulating fog pattern Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes modelling 



This work was supported by Russian Science Foundation (Grant 114-29-00203). The authors thank Dr. Saša Kenjereš from TU Delft, Nl, for invaluable help and advice to MH in mastering the BuoyFlow CFD code.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Thermophysics of SB RASNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.Novosibirsk State UniversityNovosibirskRussia
  3. 3.Delft University of Technology, ChemEDelftThe Netherlands

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