Articles | Volume 19, issue 16
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-10717-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-10717-2019
Research article
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26 Aug 2019
Research article |  | 26 Aug 2019

Core and margin in warm convective clouds – Part 1: Core types and evolution during a cloud's lifetime

Reuven H. Heiblum, Lital Pinto, Orit Altaratz, Guy Dagan, and Ilan Koren

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Short summary
It is useful to divide a cloud into two regions: core and margin. Three parameters used to define a core are compared: buoyancy (B), relative humidity (RH), and vertical velocity (W). Using theoretical arguments and simulations, we show that during most of a cloud's lifetime, the cores are subsets of one another: Bcore ⊆ RHcore ⊆ Wcore. Moreover, the core–shell cloud model applies to all core definitions. Our findings can serve as a benchmark in the partition the core and margin.
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