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Bill O
05-11-2009, 09:14 PM
Does anybody who is not a meteorologist (like 99.9% of observatory members) know what the boundary layer is?

Knapper
05-12-2009, 12:36 AM
Does anybody who is not a meteorologist (like 99.9% of observatory members) know what the boundary layer is?

Here are some useful links to help y'all: http://www.theweatherprediction.com/basic/pbl/
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/boundlay.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boundary_layer

Ali did provide a link in her comment but I am not sure if the module is open to the public.

Brad
05-12-2009, 05:54 AM
I thought it was the extra thick frosting you put along the top edge of a cake so the rest of the frosting does not slide off.

I will check out the link later and get educated.

Bill O
05-12-2009, 07:41 AM
It was a great comment. I just thought it would be a shame if nobody knew what she was talking about. UCAR/NCAR isn't always on the frontlines of explaining things well to the general public either.

Patrad Fischroy
05-12-2009, 08:29 AM
Well, I deal in boundary layers occasionally, just not in the atmosphere, so it is interesting to see the dynamics in that. Also, it is a good way to pick up some side information. I know tha twhen I get a little more time, I am going to look at that online course page a little closer.
I say keep observer comments like these coming, I like to hear about all of the aspects of the mountain observatory.