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1 Use of the Tephigram

2 Path of air parcel on tephigram
1000 900 800 700 Lifting condensation level, LCL Parcel initially at: 30°C, dew point 14°, pressure 1000 mb. We can see that this corresponds to w = 10 g kg-1 As parcel ascends: T follows dry adiabatic Mixing ratio is constant until saturation (T = TD) Then parcel follows saturated adiabatic

3 “Normand’s Theorem” Wet bulb potential temperature, θW is used to label saturated adiabats (value of T where adiabat crosses 1000 mb) Project the saturated adiabatic to 1000 mb. It is colder than the (unsaturated) temperature because water is evaporated into the air to keep it saturated, and the energy comes from the air. This is the definition of the wet bulb temperature. 700 800 LCL 900 1000 TD TW T Dry adiabatic through the temperature, the mixing ratio line through the dew point, and the saturated adiabatic through the wet bulb temperature, all meet at the LCL

4 Early morning tephigram over land
Tropopause Boundary layer top Radiation inversion

5 Mixing out of radiation inversion – solar heating at the ground
Cloud top Cumulus layer LCL

6 Energy = area on tephigram
Energy = area on tephigram. What happens if something pushes air parcel upwards? Convective available potential energy = area where Tparcel>Tenvironment Level of free convection Convective inhibition = area where Tparcel<Tenvironment

7 Deep convection Develops when CIN is small and CAPE is large
Need some CIN otherwise there is no ‘build-up’ of energy in the boundary layer Mechanical forcing often needed to overcome CIN – e.g. flow over mountain, sea breeze, cold front At other times large-scale forcing e.g. trough provides lift.

8 Orographic uplift – lift each point on tephigram by 50 mb
Coloured dots and lines – initital and final positions of air parcels Grey line – final temperature profile Dark Grey – saturated segment (hill fog) Cloud At each point on the profile: No cloud Cloud forms

9 Potential Instability
Grey line: temperature profile lifted 50 mb Orange line: SALR from uplifted surface air Slope of grey line > SALR so convectively unstable where saturated: deep thunderstorms would occur on this day over a small hill Saturation

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