A Comment on the Size Distribution of the Droplets Found in Cloud Bases

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  • 1 Physics Department, University of Maine, Orono 04473
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Abstract

Growth histories of droplets are compared and a qualitative argument is given for the generation of the droplet size distribution in the base of a cloud. The distribution is generated by considering only the effects of vapor depletion and environmental heating and assuming that the condensation nuclei are organized into families of the same critical supersaturation which begin to mix after moving up through the lower levels of the cloud.

Abstract

Growth histories of droplets are compared and a qualitative argument is given for the generation of the droplet size distribution in the base of a cloud. The distribution is generated by considering only the effects of vapor depletion and environmental heating and assuming that the condensation nuclei are organized into families of the same critical supersaturation which begin to mix after moving up through the lower levels of the cloud.

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