Modeling and observational study of the daytime evolution east of the crest of the Colorado Rockies
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The west-east nature of the daytime evolution east of the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies in the vicinity of Fort Collins, Colorado is examined for conditions of clear skies, little change to the synoptic-scale wind and thermal fields, and light ambient winds with a westerly component (around 5ms-1). The observations mainly consist of airsondes launched at every 2-3 hours at sites on the eastern plains and on the east slope of the mountain barrier. A variety of two-dimensional simulations using the CSU RAMS are run with varying initial conditions that change the surface heating, ambient ...