Characteristics of continental stratus clouds from 94 GHz Doppler radar measurements

Bruce A. Albrecht, Gerald G. Mace, William J. Syrett, Daniel Thomas, Christopher Ruf, Justin Bobak

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Abstract

Stratocumulus clouds are frequently observed over the eastern United States. These clouds have a substantial impact on the surface energy budget, and thus are important in regulating surface temperatures. Despite the importance of these clouds for climate, a description of even the most basic characteristics of these clouds is lacking. Hence, an extensive set of observations was conducted in a using a 94 GHz Doppler (cloud) radar that was operated in concert with other remote and in situ measurements. The measurements were made during two Intensive Observing Periods (IOPs). This paper gives an overview of the observations made during the two IOPs with an emphasis on the use of the 94 GHz radar to develop extensive statistics on continental stratus and stratocumulus. During the same observational period, returns from the radar were also used to provide statistics on cirrus clouds that were present over the site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages542-543
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
EventProceedings of the 1995 27th Conference on Radar Meteorology - Vail, CO, USA
Duration: Oct 9 1995Oct 13 1995

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OtherProceedings of the 1995 27th Conference on Radar Meteorology
CityVail, CO, USA
Period10/9/9510/13/95

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    Albrecht, B. A., Mace, G. G., Syrett, W. J., Thomas, D., Ruf, C., & Bobak, J. (1995). Characteristics of continental stratus clouds from 94 GHz Doppler radar measurements. 542-543. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1995 27th Conference on Radar Meteorology, Vail, CO, USA, .