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Songsangan suhu berlaku di mana fenomena alam terjadi suhu dilapisan daratan bumi bersuhu rendah daripada lapisan atas. Malah semakin tinggi dari paras laut suhu menjadi semakin panas.
Suhu songsangan adalah satu fenomena di mana suhu persekitaran meningkat dengan peningkatan ketinggian. Ini dianggap tidak normal. Suhu ini dijangka akan menurun pada kadar 2 darjah Celsius atau 3.5 darjah Fahrenheit bagi setiap peningkatan kaki seribu ketinggian keadaan atmosfera yang standard. Pada keadaan biasa dimasa cuaca kering suhu dijangka menurun pada kadar 1.5 darjah Celsius dan pada keadaan cuaca lembab atau dingin suhu dijangka menurun 3 darjah Celsius.
Atmosfera yang standard[sunting | sunting sumber]
Pada keadaan biasa setiap seribu kaki ketinggian dari paras bumi ukuran standard ialah 2°Celcius setiap ribu kaki.
Biasanya, pada atmosfera yang lebih rendah ("Troposfera") udara berhampiran permukaan Bumi adalah lebih panas berbanding dari udara di atasnya, sebahagian besarnya kerana atmosfera dipanaskan dari bawah akibat pemanasan radiasi solar pada permukaan bumi, yang seterusnya memanaskan lapisan atmosfera secara langsung di atasnya, misalnya, melalui thermal (pemindahan haba perolakan).
Kadar Tukaran Persekitaran standard (ELR : Environmental Lapse Rate) ialah -2°C/seribu kaki ketinggian
Causes[sunting | sunting sumber]
Given enough pressure, the normal vertical temperature gradient is inverted such that the air is colder near the surface of the Earth. This can occur when, for example, a warmer, less-dense air mass moves over a cooler, denser air mass. This type of inversion occurs in the vicinity of warm fronts, and also in areas of oceanic upwelling such as along the California coast in the United States. With sufficient humidity in the cooler layer, fog is typically present below the inversion cap. An inversion is also produced whenever radiation from the surface of the earth exceeds the amount of radiation received from the sun, which commonly occurs at night, or during the winter when the angle of the sun is very low in the sky. This effect is virtually confined to land regions as the ocean retains heat far longer. In the polar regions during winter, inversions are nearly always present over land.
A warmer air mass moving over a cooler one can "shut off" any convection which may be present in the cooler air mass. This is known as a capping inversion. However, if this cap is broken, either by extreme convection overcoming the cap, or by the lifting effect of a front or a mountain range, the sudden release of bottled-up convective energy – like the bursting of a balloon – can result in severe thunderstorms. Such capping inversions typically precede the development of tornadoes in the Midwestern United States. In this instance, the "cooler" layer is actually quite warm, but is still denser and usually cooler than the lower part of the inversion layer capping it.
Subsidence inversion[sunting | sunting sumber]
An inversion can develop aloft as a result of air gradually sinking over a wide area and being warmed by adiabatic compression, usually associated with subtropical high-pressure areas. A stable marine layer may then develop over the ocean as a result. As this layer moves over progressively warmer waters, however, turbulence within the marine layer can gradually lift the inversion layer to higher altitudes, and eventually, even pierce it, producing thunderstorms, and under the right circumstances, leading to tropical cyclones. The accumulated smog and dust under the inversion quickly taints the sky reddish, easily seen on sunny days.
Consequences[sunting | sunting sumber]
Temperature inversion stops atmospheric convection (which is normally present) from happening in the affected area and can lead to the air becoming stiller and murky from the collection of dust and pollutants that are no longer able to be lifted from the surface. This can become a problem in cities where many pollutants exist. Inversion effects occur frequently in big cities such as:
These cities are closely surrounded by hills and mountains, or on plains which are surrounded by mountain chains, which makes an inversion trap the air in the city. During a severe inversion, trapped air pollutants form a brownish haze that can cause respiratory problems. The Great Smog of 1952 in London, England, is one of the most serious examples of such an inversion. It was blamed for an estimated 11,000 to 12,000 deaths.
Sometimes the inversion layer is at a high enough altitude that cumulus clouds can condense but can only spread out under the inversion layer. This decreases the amount of sunlight reaching the ground and prevents new thermals from forming. As the clouds disperse, sunny weather replaces cloudiness in a cycle that can occur more than once a day.
As the temperature of air increases, the index of refraction of air decreases, a side effect of hotter air being less dense. Normally this results in distant objects being shortened vertically, an effect that is easy to see at sunset where the sun is visible as an oval. In an inversion, the normal pattern is reversed, and distant objects are instead stretched out or appear to be above the horizon, leading to the phenomenon known as a Fata Morgana or mirage.
Electromagnetic radiation (radio and television)[sunting | sunting sumber]
Very high frequency radio waves can be refracted by inversions, making it possible to hear FM radio or watch VHF low-band television broadcasts from long distances on foggy nights. The signal, which would normally be refracted up and away from the ground-based antenna, is instead refracted down towards the earth by the temperature-inversion boundary layer. This phenomenon is called tropospheric ducting. Along coast lines during Autumn and Spring, due to multiple stations being simultaneously present because of reduced propagation losses, many FM radio stations are plagued by severe signal degradation causing them to sound scrambled.
Sound[sunting | sunting sumber]
When an inversion layer is present, if a sound or explosion occurs at ground level, the sound wave is reflected from the warmer upper layer and returns towards the ground. The sound, therefore, travels much farther than normal. This is noticeable in areas around airports, where the sound of aircraft taking off and landing often can be heard at greater distances around dawn than at other times of day, and inversion thunder which is significantly louder and travels further than when it is produced by lightning strikes under normal conditions.
Shock waves[sunting | sunting sumber]
The shock wave from an explosion can be reflected by an inversion layer in much the same way as it bounces off the ground in an air-burst and can cause additional damage as a result. This phenomenon killed three people in the Soviet RDS-37 nuclear test when a building collapsed.
See also[sunting | sunting sumber]
References[sunting | sunting sumber]
- Wallace and Hobbs (2006) Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey
- Dean A. Pollet and Micheal M. Kordich, User's guide for the Sound Intensity Prediction System (SIPS) as installed at the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (Naveodtechdiv).