Articles | Volume 17, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13317–13327, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-13317-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13317–13327, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-13317-2017

Research article 09 Nov 2017

Research article | 09 Nov 2017

The role of 1-D and 3-D radiative heating in the organization of shallow cumulus convection and the formation of cloud streets

Fabian Jakub and Bernhard Mayer

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The formation of shallow cumulus cloud streets was historically attributed primarily to dynamics. Here, we focus on the interaction between radiatively induced surface heterogeneities and the resulting patterns in the flow. Our results suggest that solar radiative heating has the potential to organize clouds perpendicular to the sun's incidence angle.
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