Articles | Volume 1, issue 2
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 1, 151–154, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-1-151-2012
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 1, 151–154, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-1-151-2012

Peer-reviewed comment 01 Nov 2012

Peer-reviewed comment | 01 Nov 2012

Comment on ''Observing desert dust devils with a pressure logger" by Lorenz (2012) – insights on measured pressure fluctuations from large-eddy simulations

A. Spiga A. Spiga
  • Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, CNRS/INSU – UMR8539, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

Abstract. Lorenz et al. (2012) proposes to use pressure loggers for long-term field measurements in terrestrial deserts. The dataset obtained through this method features both pressure drops (reminiscent of dust devils) and periodic convective signatures. Here we use large-eddy simulations to provide an explanation for those periodic convective signatures and to argue that pressure measurements in deserts have broader applications than monitoring dust devils.