Articles | Volume 21, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 3949–3971, 2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 3949–3971, 2021

Research article 17 Mar 2021

Research article | 17 Mar 2021

The prevalence of precipitation from polar supercooled clouds

Israel Silber et al.


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ED: Publish as is (12 Feb 2021) by Corinna Hoose
Short summary
Long-term ground-based radar and sounding measurements over Alaska (Antarctica) indicate that more than 85 % (75 %) of supercooled clouds are precipitating at cloud base and that 75 % (50 %) are precipitating to the surface. Such high prevalence is reconciled with lesser spaceborne estimates by considering radar sensitivity. Results provide a strong observational constraint for polar cloud processes in large-scale models.
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