Articles | Volume 30, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-30-311-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-30-311-2023
Review article
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16 Aug 2023
Review article |  | 16 Aug 2023

Review article: Scaling, dynamical regimes, and stratification. How long does weather last? How big is a cloud?

Shaun Lovejoy

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How big is a cloud? and How long does the weather last? require scaling to answer. We review the advances in scaling that have occurred over the last 4 decades: (a) intermittency (multifractality) and (b) stratified and rotating scaling notions (generalized scale invariance). Although scaling theory and the data are now voluminous, atmospheric phenomena are too often viewed through an outdated scalebound lens, and turbulence remains confined to isotropic theories of little relevance.