The METCRAX II Field Experiment: A Study of Downslope Windstorm-Type Flows in Arizona’s Meteor Crater

Lehner, Manuela and Whiteman, C. David and Hoch, Sebastian W. and Crosman, Erik T. and Jeglum, Matthew E. and Cherukuru, Nihanth W. and Calhoun, Ronald and Adler, Bianca and Kalthoff, Norbert and Rotunno, Rotunno and Horst, Thomas W. and Semmer, Steven and Brown, William O. J. and Oncley, Steven P. and Vogt, Roland and Grudzielanek, A. Martina and Cermak, Jan and Fonteyne, Nils J. and Bernhofer, Christian and Pitacco, Andrea and Klein, Petra. (2016) The METCRAX II Field Experiment: A Study of Downslope Windstorm-Type Flows in Arizona’s Meteor Crater. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97 (2). pp. 217-235.

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The second Meteor Crater Experiment (METCRAX II) was conducted in October 2013 at Arizona’s Meteor Crater. The experiment was designed to investigate nighttime downslope windstorm−type flows that form regularly above the inner southwest sidewall of the 1.2-km diameter crater as a southwesterly mesoscale katabatic flow cascades over the crater rim. The objective of METCRAX II is to determine the causes of these strong, intermittent, and turbulent inflows that bring warm-air intrusions into the southwest part of the crater. This article provides an overview of the scientific goals of the experiment; summarizes the measurements, the crater topography, and the synoptic meteorology of the study period; and presents initial analysis results.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Meteorologie (Parlow)
UniBasel Contributors:Vogt, Roland
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Meteorological Society
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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