Springtime arctic mixed-phase cloud

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Abstract

The microphysical characteristics, radiative impact, and lifecycle of a long-lived, liquid and ice surface-based mixed-layer cloud with an average temperature of -20°C were examined. It was observed that the cloud's radiative (flux) impact is close to that of an all-liquid cloud, but the ice can indirectly regulate the cloud's total optical depth. Overall, the results imply that the impact of arctic clouds upon the surface energy budget can only be understood if both the underlying cloud microphysical processes and their dependence upon large-scale dynamics are known.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1259-1260
Number of pages2
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Volume85
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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