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Research article
26 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 26 Feb 2016

Anvil microphysical signatures associated with lightning-produced NOx

Jeffrey L. Stith, Brett Basarab, Steven A. Rutledge, and Andrew Weinheimer

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Lightning-produced NOx and ice particles were studied using airborne measurements in thunderstorm anvil clouds during the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry experiment (DC3). These data were compared with radar and Lightning Mapping Array (LMA) measurements. A characteristic signature was found in three anvils that relates the occurrence of frozen cloud droplets and aggregates of frozen droplets to the presence of lightning-produced NOx in these storms.
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