Wave structures and turbulent features of the winter airflow in southern Wyoming
Wave structures and turbulent features of the winter airflow in southern Wyoming (in Interpretation of windflow characteristics from eolian landforms, Ronald W. Marrs (editor) and Kenneth E. Kolm (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (1982) 192: 55-63
Data from airborne air-sensing probes reveal wave structures in the planetary boundary layer of the atmosphere in the wind corridor of south-central Wyoming. The airflow, which is nearly laminar throughout much of the region, responds in a series of resonant lee waves when it encounters topographic obstacles. Gravity waves and turbulent mixing are associated with a downward transport of vertical momentum and occur in the region of accelerated windflow in the central Wyoming wind corridor. Kelvin-Helmholtz waves are prevalent in the area of hydraulic jump at Windy Gap. Understanding of such waves and their controls is essential to siting of wind-energy systems in high-wind regions like the Wyoming wind corridor and in interpreting the mechanisms for development and migration of eolian landforms.