Articles | Volume 20, issue 17
Research article
03 Sep 2020
Research article |  | 03 Sep 2020

Size dependence in chord characteristics from simulated and observed continental shallow cumulus

Philipp J. Griewank, Thijs Heus, Neil P. Lareau, and Roel A. J. Neggers


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Short summary
The idea that larger shallow cumulus clouds have stronger updrafts than small shallow cumulus clouds is as intuitive as it is old. In this paper we gather years of upward-pointing laser measurements from a plain in Oklahoma and combine them with 28 d of high-resolution simulations. Our approach, which has much more data than previous studies, confirms that updraft strength and cloud size are linked and that the simulations reproduce the observed cloud wind and moisture structure.
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