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Title: Scaling of drizzle virga depth with cloud thickness for marine stratocumulus clouds

Abstract

Drizzle plays a crucial role in cloud lifetime and radiation properties of marine stratocumulus clouds. Understanding where drizzle exists in the sub-cloud layer, which depends on drizzle virga depth, can help us better understand where below-cloud scavenging and evaporative cooling and moisturizing occur. In this study, we examine the statistical properties of drizzle frequency and virga depth of marine stratocumulus based on unique ground-based remote sensing data. Results show that marine stratocumulus clouds are drizzling nearly all the time. In addition, we derive a simple scaling analysis between drizzle virga thickness and cloud thickness. Our analytical expression agrees with the observational data reasonable well, which suggests that our formula provides a simple parameterization for drizzle virga of stratocumulus clouds suitable for use in other models.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [3]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States)
  3. Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, MI (United States)
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Research Org.:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23); National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1433941
Report Number(s):
BNL-203503-2018-JAAM
Journal ID: ISSN 0094-8276
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0012704; AGS-1639868
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Geophysical Research Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 45; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 0094-8276
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; marine stratocumulus cloud; drizzle; drizzle virga thickness; cloud thickness

Citation Formats

Yang, Fan, Luke, Edward P., Kollias, Pavlos, Kostinski, Alex B., and Vogelmann, Andrew M. Scaling of drizzle virga depth with cloud thickness for marine stratocumulus clouds. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1029/2018GL077145.
Yang, Fan, Luke, Edward P., Kollias, Pavlos, Kostinski, Alex B., & Vogelmann, Andrew M. Scaling of drizzle virga depth with cloud thickness for marine stratocumulus clouds. United States. doi:10.1029/2018GL077145.
Yang, Fan, Luke, Edward P., Kollias, Pavlos, Kostinski, Alex B., and Vogelmann, Andrew M. Fri . "Scaling of drizzle virga depth with cloud thickness for marine stratocumulus clouds". United States. doi:10.1029/2018GL077145. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1433941.
@article{osti_1433941,
title = {Scaling of drizzle virga depth with cloud thickness for marine stratocumulus clouds},
author = {Yang, Fan and Luke, Edward P. and Kollias, Pavlos and Kostinski, Alex B. and Vogelmann, Andrew M.},
abstractNote = {Drizzle plays a crucial role in cloud lifetime and radiation properties of marine stratocumulus clouds. Understanding where drizzle exists in the sub-cloud layer, which depends on drizzle virga depth, can help us better understand where below-cloud scavenging and evaporative cooling and moisturizing occur. In this study, we examine the statistical properties of drizzle frequency and virga depth of marine stratocumulus based on unique ground-based remote sensing data. Results show that marine stratocumulus clouds are drizzling nearly all the time. In addition, we derive a simple scaling analysis between drizzle virga thickness and cloud thickness. Our analytical expression agrees with the observational data reasonable well, which suggests that our formula provides a simple parameterization for drizzle virga of stratocumulus clouds suitable for use in other models.},
doi = {10.1029/2018GL077145},
journal = {Geophysical Research Letters},
number = 8,
volume = 45,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {4}
}

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