Fractional cloudiness and cloud-top entrainment instability

B. A. Albrecht

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Temperature and moisture profiles from soundings obtained over the central Atlantic during the Atlantic Trade-Wind Experiment were used to determine if cloud-top entrainment instability can explain observed variations in cloudiness. Differences in temperature and moisture across the trade inversion associated with fractional cloudiness near 100% were nearly the same as those associated with less than 25% cloud cover. No correlation between fractional cloudiness and boundary layer mixing-line slopes were found. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1519-1525
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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  • Atmospheric Science


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