Articles | Volume 19, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 7297–7317, 2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 7297–7317, 2019

Research article 04 Jun 2019

Research article | 04 Jun 2019

Droplet inhomogeneity in shallow cumuli: the effects of in-cloud location and aerosol number concentration

Dillon S. Dodson and Jennifer D. Small Griswold

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This work looks at how the amount of aerosols contained in cloud affects the spatial orientation of the cloud droplets. Droplet orientation is important because it can lead to changes in the amount of time it takes precipitation to form. The results show that the aerosol amount does not have any effect on the droplet orientation. It is found however that the droplets are spaced closer together (there is increased droplet clustering) at cloud edge and top, as compared to center and bottom.
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