Laboratory investigation of non-steady penetrative convection
Deardorff, J. W., G. E. Willis, and D. K. Lilly, 1968: Laboratory Investigation of Non-steady Penetrative Convection by J. W. Deardorff, G. E. Willis and D. K. Lilly [Pre-publication Review Copy]. doi:10.5065/D6JW8BSB.
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Laboratory experiments of non-steady penetrative convection in water are performed that closely simulate the lifting of an atmospheric inversion above heated ground. Vertical profiles of horizontally averaged temperature and heat flux are measured and interpreted. The rate at which kinetic energy is destroyed by the downward heat flux in the vicinity of the inversion base is found to be a very small fraction of the rate at which it is generated in the lower convective region. The interface separating the convective region from the stable region is examined and its rate of rise explained.