The METCRAX II Field Experiment: A study of downslope windstorm-type flows in Arizona's Meteor Crater

AMS Citation:
Lehner, M., and Coauthors, 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, 217-235, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00238.1.
Date:2016-02-01
Resource Type:article
Title:The METCRAX II Field Experiment: A study of downslope windstorm-type flows in Arizona's Meteor Crater
Abstract: 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.
Peer Review:Refereed
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OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d7f47qq9
Publisher's Version: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00238.1
Author(s):
  • Manuela Lehner
  • C. Whiteman
  • Sebastian Hoch
  • Erik Crosman
  • Matthew Jeglum
  • Nihanth Cherukuru
  • Ronald Calhoun
  • Bianca Adler
  • Norbert Kalthoff
  • Richard Rotunno - NCAR/UCAR
  • Thomas Horst - NCAR/UCAR
  • Steven Semmer - NCAR/UCAR
  • William Brown - NCAR/UCAR
  • Steven Oncley - NCAR/UCAR
  • Roland Vogt
  • A. Grudzielanek,
  • Jan Cermak
  • Nils Fonteyne
  • Christian Bernhofer
  • Andrea Pitacco
  • Petra Klein
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