Turbulence structure of the convective boundary layer. Part III: the vertical velocity budgets of thermals and their environment

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The dynamics of thermal updrafts and compensating environmental downdrafts in the convective boundary layer are examined using observations from the Phoenix 78 field experiment. Separate vertical velocity budgets are presented for thermal updrafts and environmental downdrafts. These two budgets show the existence of qualitative differences in the forcing of the two legs of the convective circulations. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2039-2049
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume45
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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