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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 1432672, 8 pages
Research Article

The Influence of the Intermittent Behavior of the Nocturnal Atmospheric Flow on the Prediction of the Diurnal Temperature Range: A Simplified Model Analysis

1Instituto Federal Sul-Rio-Grandense, Campus Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil
2Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia, Universidade Federal do Pampa, Campus Alegrete, Alegrete, RS, Brazil
3Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil
4Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil

Correspondence should be addressed to Felipe D. Costa; rb.ude.apmapinu@nidranedf

Received 1 February 2017; Revised 17 April 2017; Accepted 2 May 2017; Published 8 June 2017

Academic Editor: Enrico Ferrero

Copyright © 2017 Leandro L. Gonzales et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The variation of the atmospheric temperature near the surface associated with anthropogenic effects is analyzed using a simplified atmospheric model. Local changes in cloud cover and four different scenarios of atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide are considered. The results show that the highest temperature variability occurs in the weak wind and decoupled state and in the transition between flow regimes. In agreement with previous efforts, the results indicate that the reduction of diurnal temperature range is related to the existence of two distinct flow regimes in the stable boundary layer. However, in the decoupled state, the occurrence of intermittent bursts of turbulence may cause temperature variations among the different scenarios to become unpredictable. It implies that it is difficult to predict the diurnal temperature range in places where low winds are common.