Articles | Volume 16, issue 14
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9421–9433, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9421-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9421–9433, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9421-2016

Research article 29 Jul 2016

Research article | 29 Jul 2016

Conditions for super-adiabatic droplet growth after entrainment mixing

Fan Yang et al.

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When dry air is mixed into a cloud, droplets evaporate. If the diluted cloud mixture continues to rise, the remaining droplets will grow. In this work we show theoretically and computationally that a critical height exists, above which the droplets in a mixed, diluted cloud volume become larger than those in an undiluted volume. An environment that is humid and aerosol free is most favorable for producing such large droplets, which may contribute to the onset of precipitation formation.
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