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Kusunoki K. and K. Ueno, 2022: Development of a nocturnal temperature inversion in a small basin associated with leaf area ratio changes on the mountain slopes in central Japan. J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, 100, 913-926.
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Plain Language Summary: According to a three-year leaf area index observation in the mixed forest of the Sugadaira Highland (1320 m a.s.l.), Nagano Prefecture, Japan, we identified weakening of the nocturnal temperature inversion (NTI) associated with leaf expansion and strengthening after leaf fall in a small basin. Heat-budget assessment for the cold-air pool development indicated that an increase in storage heat flux of forests with leaf expansion could cancel nocturnal radiative cooling and weaken gravity currents at the forest floor.