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Cloud microphysical properties over Indian monsoon regions during CAIPEEX-2009

Morwal, SB and Maheskumar, RS and Padma Kumari, B and Kulkarni, JR and Goswami, BN (2012) Cloud microphysical properties over Indian monsoon regions during CAIPEEX-2009. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 81-82. pp. 76-85.

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Cloud microphysical data collected from an instrumented aircraft in the Cloud Aerosol Interaction and Precipitation Enhancement Experiment (CAIPEEX-2009) during May–September 2009 have been used to examine the nature of cloud drop size distributions (DSD), cloud drop effective radius (RE) and their height variations at different locations during tropical Indian monsoons. Single mode drop size distributions were observed over Pathankot, Hyderabad and Bengaluru regions and bimodal DSD were recorded often over Guwahati and Bareilly regions. DSD spectral width showed height variation, being narrow at lower heights and broadening with increasing height. DSD spectra were narrow even at higher levels over Pathankot during pre-monsoon season and were very broad at Bareilly and Guwahati during the active phase of monsoon. The total concentrations of cloud droplets and percentage contribution of cloud droplet of radii≤10 μm (small) and >10 μm (large) showed interesting height variations and were different over different regions. The RE showed nearly linear increases with height over all the regions. However, the droplet growth rate is observed to be different over different regions, being less over north (Bareilly and Pathankot: 1.3–1.46 μm/km), intermediate over central (Hyderabad: 1.74 μm/km) and highest over northeast (Guwahati: 1.92 μm/km) and south (Bengaluru: 1.99 μm/km) India

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Aircraft observations; Atmospheric process; CAIPEEX; Cloud drop size; Cloud droplets; Cloud drops; Cloud microphysical properties; Drop size distribution; Droplet growth; Effective radius; Height variation; Hyderabad; In-situ; Indian monsoon; Microphysics; Pre-monsoon; Precipitation enhancement; Single mode; Spectral widths, Atmospheric thermodynamics; Drops; Size distribution, Precipitation (meteorology)
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 25 Dec 2013 08:04
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2013 08:04

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