thermal inversion


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thermal inversion

[′thər·məl in′vər·zhən]
(meteorology)
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During the second half of the nighttime, very stable conditions dominate, with weak or intermittent turbulence associated with drastic reductions of mean wind speeds and the establishment of an intense thermal inversion, which, on average, reaches near 0.03 K [m.sup.-1] over the lowest 100 m.
The distribution of regionally averaged temperature anomaly with height shows that the whole middle and lower troposphere (700 hPa) had uniform warming, while below 925 hPa, positive temperature anomaly increased with height, which indicated the presence of a thermal inversion layer.
In fact, all the three simulated profiles exhibit a clear thermal inversion as soon as the reservoir depth is reached (ca.
Due to the formation of the thermal inversion layers, the smog was developed over the London in the winter season of 1952 that lasts for many days and caused many casualties, respiratory and eye problems.
The decisive elements here are wind speed, thermal structure (including the thermal inversion) of the atmospheric boundary layer (i.e.

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