Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
Research article
05 Feb 2015
Research article |  | 05 Feb 2015

On the relationship between open cellular convective cloud patterns and the spatial distribution of precipitation

T. Yamaguchi and G. Feingold


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AR by Tak Yamaguchi on behalf of the Authors (09 Jan 2015)
Short summary
Precipitation is necessary but insufficient for transformation to open cells from closed cells. The transformation to open cells occurs for sufficiently small droplet number concentration and/or large rain area. Both of these factors appear to be of similar importance. The distance selects the resulting state for rain regions that alone are too weak to initiate the transformation. The phase trajectory of the variance and mean cloud field properties follow one path.
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