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Rapid ice aggregation process revealed through triple-wavelength Doppler spectrum radar analysis

Barrett, A. I.; Westbrook, C. D.; Nicol, J. C.; Stein, T. H. M.

We have identified a region of an ice cloud where a sharp transition of dual-wavelength ratio occurs at a fixed height for longer than 20 min. In this paper we provide evidence that rapid aggregation of ice particles occurred in this region, creating large particles. This evidence comes from triple-wavelength Doppler spectrum radar data that were fortuitously being collected. Through quantitative comparison of the Doppler spectra from the three radars we are able to estimate the ice particle size distribution (of particles larger than 0.75 mm) at different heights in the cloud. This allows us to investigate the evolution of the ice particle size distribution and determine whether the evolution is consistent with aggregation, riming or vapour deposition. The newly developed method allows us to isolate the signal from the larger (non-Rayleigh scattering) particles in the distribution. Therefore, a particle size distribution retrieval is possible in areas of the cloud where the dual-wavelength ratio method would fail because the bulk dual-wavelength ratio value is too close to zero. The ice particles grow rapidly from a maximum size of 0.75 to 5 mm while falling less than 500 m in under 10 min. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000095184
Veröffentlicht am 11.06.2019
DOI: 10.5194/acp-19-5753-2019
Zitationen: 9
Web of Science
Zitationen: 8
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Forschungsbereich Troposphäre (IMK-TRO)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1680-7316, 1680-7324
KITopen-ID: 1000095184
HGF-Programm 12.01.01 (POF III, LK 01)
Clouds in a pertubed atmosphere
Erschienen in Atmospheric chemistry and physics
Band 19
Heft 8
Seiten 5753-5769
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Vorab online veröffentlicht am 02.05.2019
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