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JAMES E. JIUSTO and MICHAEL L. KAPLAN

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Three yr of winter lake-storm data were analyzed to determine snowfall distribution patterns downwind of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The total amount of snowfall and the area of ground cover in each of 23 lake-effect storms were determined for both lakes. Total snowfall mass was highly dependent on time of year; November and early December storms were two to five times more productive than January storms. A considerable variation in snow density (snowfall depth to melt water ratio) could be attributed mainly to differences in snow crystal type.

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Alfred H. Woodcock, Duncan C. Blanchard, and James E. Jiusto

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In Past 1 of this fog study, the distribution of water with number and size of drops in some New England marine advection fogs was shown to be related to the distribution of number and size of salt particles found in marine air. It was indicated that in saturated air the calculated amounts of water condensed on the salt particles produced water distributions as a function of drop size much like distributions observed in numerous advection fogs. The results suggest that salt particles play an important role in the initiation and growth of marine fogs.

In the present work, photomicrographs of drops and of drop salt nuclei from several New England marine fogs are studied. The results confirm the conclusions of the first study, demonstrating even more clearly the direct relationship of drop weight to nucleus weight. The fog drops must have grown in supersaturated air, because in almost all of them the salt concentrations were below the equilibrium values for saturated air. However, the number and sizes of the salt nuclei in the air and fog support the idea that the fogs probably developed first as moderate haze-droplet fogs in saturated air (i.e., relative humidity 100%). A temperature-mixing ratio diagram is used to explain how saturation may be sustained by mixing, for the time intervals required for these haze-drop fogs to develop.

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Michael B. Meyer, James E. Jiusto, and G. Garland Lala

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An extensive boundary-layer field program was conducted which included simultaneous measurements of visibility and particle size distributions during fog and haze. Several empirical expressions relating changes in visibility to characteristics of the aerosol (droplet) size spectrum and relative humidity are presented and evaluated. Detailed analysis of one evolving dense fog revealed several points of interest regarding the behavior of drop size spectra, including a scheme for approximating fog supersaturation.

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G. Garland Lala, Eric Mandel, and James E. Jiusto

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A numerical model of radiation fog was developed in order to test the sensitivity of variables comprising the model, and evaluate its capability for forecasting the onset of fog from standard radiosonde weather data. Four case studies were considered that included both fog and no-fog occurrences. The variables examined–initial surface temperature and moisture conditions, eddy exchange profiles, radiative flux divergence, and dew formation–were all found to influence critically the model's performance. Prediction of fog occurrence and temperature were reasonably encouraging provided a judicious (though somewhat arbitrary) choice of eddy mixing values was made.

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Michael B. Meyer, G. Garland Lala, and James E. Jiusto

The Cloud Physics Section of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center-State University of New York at Albany conducted a cooperative field study (FOG-82) during the autumn of 1982 as part of an ongoing radiation-fog research program. A computer-controlled data-acquisition system consisting of sophisticated soil, surface, and boundary-layer sensors, as well as contemporary aerosol and droplet probes was developed. These data are being used to address a variety of critical problems related to radiation-fog evolution.

Scientists from 10 universities and research laboratories participated in portions of FOG-82. Research objectives included studies of fog mesoscale meteorology, radiation studies, low-level water budget, vertical fog structure, fog supersaturation, condensation nuclei, and fog-water chemistry, as well as radiation-fog life cycles. A comprehensive description of the FOG-82 program and objectives is presented.

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atmospheric sciences and problems of society

A series of statements on the relevance of the scientific and technological areas of AMS STAC Committees to national and international problems

Earl G. Droessler, John W. Winchester, Guy A. Franceschini, O. H. Daniel, J. Doyne Sartor, James E. Jiusto, and Thomas A. Gleeson
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