Articles | Volume 21, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 6681–6706, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-6681-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 6681–6706, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-6681-2021

Research article 04 May 2021

Research article | 04 May 2021

Microphysical investigation of the seeder and feeder region of an Alpine mixed-phase cloud

Fabiola Ramelli et al.

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Orographic mixed-phase clouds are an important source of precipitation, but the ice formation processes within them remain uncertain. Here we investigate the origin of ice crystals in a mixed-phase cloud in the Swiss Alps using aerosol and cloud data from in situ and remote sensing observations. We found that ice formation primarily occurs in cloud top generating cells. Our results indicate that secondary ice processes are active in the feeder region, which can enhance orographic precipitation.
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