Articles | Volume 22, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 3779–3788, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-3779-2022
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 3779–3788, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-3779-2022
Research article
22 Mar 2022
Research article | 22 Mar 2022

Intricate relations among particle collision, relative motion and clustering in turbulent clouds: computational observation and theory

Ewe-Wei Saw and Xiaohui Meng

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Collision–coagulation of small droplets in turbulent clouds leads to the production of rain. Turbulence causes droplet clustering and higher relative droplet velocities, and these should enhance the collision–coagulation rate. We find, surprisingly, that collision–coagulation starkly diminishes clustering and strongly alters relative velocities. We provide a theory that explains this result. Our results call for a new perspective on how we understand particle/droplet collision in clouds.
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