Articles | Volume 16, issue 15
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 10159–10173, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-10159-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 10159–10173, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-10159-2016

Research article 11 Aug 2016

Research article | 11 Aug 2016

Characteristics of vertical air motion in isolated convective clouds

Jing Yang et al.

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This study provides statistics of the vertical air motion characteristics in convective clouds using aircraft in situ measurements from three field campaigns. Small-scale drafts are frequently observed and make important contributions to total air mass flux. The probability density functions and profiles of the observed vertical velocity and air mass flux are provided. The differences among the three field campaigns are compared. Factors influencing the vertical air motions are discussed.
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