Grid-dependent Convection in WRF-LES
Abstract:Traditional numerical weather prediction (NWP) models parameterize boundary layer turbulence with planetary boundary layer (PBL) schemes, which assume a coarse [O
Here we examine the grid-dependence of the Weather Research and Forecasting model in LES mode (WRF-LES). We attempt to identify the symptoms of approaching the turbulent gray zone with WRF-LES under primarily convective conditions using the Wangara Day 33 case. Grid-dependence is evaluated by considering the development of the stability profile, the onset of resolved convection, higher-order statistical profiles, and turbulence spectra. Also considered are the effects of isotropic mixing length-scales, domain extent and spatially heterogeneous surface fluxes. We find that resolved convection is often too coarse to be physically realistic when the resolution falls within the gray zone.