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Department of Atmospheric Science

MS Defense: Friday, 7 June 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in EN6085

Snow Transport Patterns in Orographic Storms as Estimated from Airborne Vertical-plane Dual-Doppler Radar Data

Liran Peng
M.S. Candidate, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming

Heterogeneous nucleation affects cloud radiative forcing and precipitation generation. It is a major source of uncertainties in models. This study utilizes remote sensing and in-situ measurements of wave clouds obtained during the Wyoming Airborne Integrated Cloud Observation (WAICO) experiments in 2008 and 2009, to understand the formation and growth of ice particles (11 wave cloud flights, 88 penetrations, with temperature range from -34℃ to -17℃). An aerosol-droplet closure study has been carried out to link aerosol measurements with ice crystal concentration. It demonstrates good agreement between activated aerosol concentration and droplet concentration. The simple dynamical structure of wave clouds allows streamlines to be derived and combined with flight level in situ measurements to provide parcel history and related properties. Ice crystal concentrations are observed to continually increase along the streamlines until RHi<1 approaching the downwind terminus of the wave cloud. However, droplet concentrations remain constant within the mixed-phase region. Both single and multiple wave cloud penetrations show that ice crystal concentrations increase with increasing mixed-phase growth time. The data set also demonstrates that in wave clouds there is a strong time dependency for ice generation, which is also correlated empirically with parcel mixed-phase growth time. With the addition of parcel mixed-phase growth time, it is further demonstrated that variations of ice crystal concentrations in wave clouds correlate well with cloud temperature and large size aerosol concentrations. This result has an important implication for ice concentration parameterization in numerical models.


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