Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
The Cryosphere, 12, 3841–3851, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 3841–3851, 2018

Research article 10 Dec 2018

Research article | 10 Dec 2018

A simulation of a large-scale drifting snowstorm in the turbulent boundary layer

Zhengshi Wang and Shuming Jia

Data sets

The Advanced Regional Prediction System~(ARPS) -- A multi-scale nonhydrostatic atmospheric simulation and prediction tool. Part II: Model physics and applications M. Xue, K. K., Droegemeier, V. Wong, A. Shapiro, K. Brewster, F. Carr, D. Weber, Y. Liu, and D. Wang

Short summary
Drifting snowstorms that are hundreds of meters in depth are reproduced using a large-eddy simulation model combined with a Lagrangian particle tracking method, which also exhibits obvious spatial structures following large-scale turbulent vortexes. The horizontal snow transport flux at high altitude, previously not observed, actually occupies a significant proportion of the total flux. Thus, previous models may largely underestimate the total mass flux and consequently snow sublimation.