stored in precipitation particles, all of which are evaporated by the jet engine compressors. O n a pass through a vigorous cloud turret rising on the flank of a c) CSIRO-King liquid water probe: Although at Lear multicell storm, an accumulation or "big drop" zone was en- speeds this sensor saturates at around 4 g/m3, it has countered. The zone was over 2 km wide and total cloud-water provided reliable measures of cloud water up to this content averaged over the event was 22 g/kg. limit. The probe also has a large droplet size limit. The documentation of the event was made possible by new instrumentation on the Nelspruit Learjet that permits measurement Response to liquid water contents with median-vol- of cloud-water contents that exceed adiabatic values. ume diameters of greater than 100 |xm is significantly diminished (Biter et al. 1987). 1. Introduction 3. Measurements The possibility of an accumulation or "big drop" zone aloft (above the freezing level) and its implications in Figure 1a portrays selected time histories and Figure terms of hail growth, have been a source of specu- 1b some of the images from the laser cloud probe lation for decades (Kessler 1969; Browning 1977). that
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Mar 1, 1990
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