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Prediction for Cloud Spacing Confirmed Using Stereo Cameras

Ruşen ÖktemaDepartment of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California
bClimate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California

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Abstract

Using 3 years of the Clouds Optically Gridded by Stereo (COGS) product, the mean cloud base, cloud top, cloud width, and cloud spacing are described with respect to their seasonal and/or diurnal evolution at the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Southern Great Plains (SGP) site. In addition to confirming and extending prior results, the data show that the effective diameter of shallow cumuli are approximately equal to the height above ground of the lifting condensation level (LCL). Furthermore, the cloud spacing is found to closely match a prediction by Thuburn and Efstathiou for the horizontal scale of the largest unstable eddies in an unsheared convective boundary layer.

© 2021 American Meteorological Society. For information regarding reuse of this content and general copyright information, consult the AMS Copyright Policy (www.ametsoc.org/PUBSReuseLicenses).

Corresponding author: Ruşen Öktem, roktem@lbl.gov

Abstract

Using 3 years of the Clouds Optically Gridded by Stereo (COGS) product, the mean cloud base, cloud top, cloud width, and cloud spacing are described with respect to their seasonal and/or diurnal evolution at the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Southern Great Plains (SGP) site. In addition to confirming and extending prior results, the data show that the effective diameter of shallow cumuli are approximately equal to the height above ground of the lifting condensation level (LCL). Furthermore, the cloud spacing is found to closely match a prediction by Thuburn and Efstathiou for the horizontal scale of the largest unstable eddies in an unsheared convective boundary layer.

© 2021 American Meteorological Society. For information regarding reuse of this content and general copyright information, consult the AMS Copyright Policy (www.ametsoc.org/PUBSReuseLicenses).

Corresponding author: Ruşen Öktem, roktem@lbl.gov
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