Articles | Volume 19, issue 8
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-5387-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-5387-2019
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24 Apr 2019
Research article |  | 24 Apr 2019

Mixed-phase orographic cloud microphysics during StormVEx and IFRACS

Douglas H. Lowenthal, A. Gannet Hallar, Robert O. David, Ian B. McCubbin, Randolph D. Borys, and Gerald G. Mace

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Snow and liquid cloud particles were measured during the StormVEx and IFRACS programs at Storm Peak Lab to better understand snow formation in wintertime mountain clouds. We found significant interactions between the ice and liquid phases of the cloud. A relationship between large droplet and small ice crystal concentrations suggested snow formation by droplet freezing. Blowing snow can bias surface measurements, but its effect was ambiguous, calling for further work on this issue.
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