Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 130, Issue 1, pp 43–55 | Cite as

Analytical Model of Roll Vortices in the Convective Boundary Layer

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Analytical solutions of convective waves in the convective boundary layer (CBL) were obtained with two-layer linearized atmospheric equations including Rayleigh friction, which represents the turbulent viscosity in the lower CBL. The analytical model shows that the interaction between the convection in the lower layer and gravity waves in the upper layer is one of the causes for the formation of convective bands. The flow and temperature fields obtained by the analytical model present the main characteristics of convective bands found in field observations. We have also investigated the influences of atmospheric conditions on the characteristics of the bands. Results accord with previous knowledge about these phenomena.


Convective bands Convection–wave interaction Turbulent viscosity Wave equation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LAPCInstitute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Physics SchoolPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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