Articles | Volume 18, issue 9
Research article
08 May 2018
Research article |  | 08 May 2018

Microphysical variability of Amazonian deep convective cores observed by CloudSat and simulated by a multi-scale modeling framework

J. Brant Dodson, Patrick C. Taylor, and Mark Branson


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AR by Jason Dodson on behalf of the Authors (21 Dec 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 Feb 2018) by Philip Stier
AR by Jason Dodson on behalf of the Authors (05 Mar 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (12 Mar 2018) by Philip Stier
Short summary
The vertical profiles of convection in the Amazon are sampled using CloudSat, with particular emphasis on day–night contrast. Focusing on vigorous deep convective cores reveals a distinct, previously unreported double-arc reflectivity feature in the contoured frequency by altitude diagram, likely corresponding with two modes of ice hydrometeor phase: snow versus graupel/hail. Replicating this feature in cloud-resolving models requires further improvements in the microphysical parameterization.
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