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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-16609-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-16609-2021
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12 Nov 2021
Research article |  | 12 Nov 2021

A climatology of trade-wind cumulus cold pools and their link to mesoscale cloud organization

Raphaela Vogel, Heike Konow, Hauke Schulz, and Paquita Zuidema

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The shallow cumulus clouds that populate the trade-wind regions can produce substantial amounts of rain. Before reaching the surface, part of the rain can evaporate and form pools of cold air that spread at the surface as density currents. We use 10 years of data from Barbados to show that such cold pools occur on 3 out of 4 d, that cold-pool periods are 90 % cloudier relative to the average winter conditions, and that they are connected to specific patterns of mesoscale cloud organization.
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