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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13283-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13283-2018
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14 Sep 2018
Research article |  | 14 Sep 2018

Evaluating the diurnal cycle of South Atlantic stratocumulus clouds as observed by MSG SEVIRI

Chellappan Seethala, Jan Fokke Meirink, Ákos Horváth, Ralf Bennartz, and Rob Roebeling

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We compared the microphysical properties of South Atlantic stratocumulus (Sc) from three different satellite instruments (SEVIRI, TMI, MODIS). The liquid water path (LWP) and its diurnal cycle from the three datasets agreed very well in overcast, smoke-free scenes. LWP showed a decrease from an early morning peak to a late afternoon minimum, after which it increased until morning. The presence of smoke aloft Sc, however, negatively biased the LWP retrieved by the visible/near-infrared technique.
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