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  1. Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

    "What drives precipitation initiation in marine stratocumulus?"

    Presented by David Mechem, University of Kansas

    Thursday, October 17, 2019, 11 am
    Large Conference Room, Bldg. 490

    Hosted by: Mike Jensen

    The initial formation of precipitation in warm clouds remains shrouded in mystery. Precipitation initiation in bulk microphysical parameterizations is typically cast as a nonlinear function dependent on liquid water content and droplet concentration, which suggests two possible paths to precipitation initiation in actual clouds—high liquid water content or low droplet concentration. A bin-microphysics large-eddy simulation (LES) model is employed investigate the dominant microphysical precursor conditions influencing precipitation initiation for a case of marine stratocumulus over the eastern North Atlantic. Results suggest that new regions of precipitation are associated with fluid parcels that previously participated in the precipitation process.

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