Ice-Crystal Fallstreaks from Supercooled Liquid Water Parent Clouds

James R Campbell, Nasa Technical Reports Server (Ntrs), Et Al

Ice-Crystal Fallstreaks from Supercooled Liquid Water Parent Clouds
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Ice-Crystal Fallstreaks from Supercooled Liquid Water Parent Clouds

James R Campbell, Nasa Technical Reports Server (Ntrs), Et Al

On 31 December 2001, ice-crystal fallstreaks (e.g., cirrus uncinus, or colloquially Mare’s Tails ) from supercooled liquid water parent clouds were observed by ground-based lidars pointed vertically from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Southern Great Plains (SGP) facility near Lamont, Oklahoma. The incidence of liquid phase cloud with apparent ice-phase precipitation is investigated. Scenarios for mixed-phase particle nucleation, and fallstreak formation and sustenance are discussed. The observations are unique in the context of the historical reverence given to the commonly observed c h s uncinus fallstreak (wholly ice) versus this seemingly contradictory coincidence of liquid water begetting ice-crystal streaks.

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