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Phloroglucinol Seeding of Undercooled Clouds

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  • 1 Cloud Physics Laboratory, The University of Chicago
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Abstract

A series of twelve releases of phloroglucinol were made into stratus clouds at temperatures of −7C to −17C.

Showers produced by dry ice seeding were used to identify particular spots in the layer clouds from which the exact locations of the phloroglucinol releases could be obtained by simple navigation. Visual observations of the cloud behavior and Formvar replicas of cloud and precipitation particles provided a means for judging the effects of the phloroglucinol.

It is concluded that phloroglucinol will induce the formation of ice in undercooled clouds. However, in these experiments, it was not nearly as effective as the dry ice in causing shower formation.

Abstract

A series of twelve releases of phloroglucinol were made into stratus clouds at temperatures of −7C to −17C.

Showers produced by dry ice seeding were used to identify particular spots in the layer clouds from which the exact locations of the phloroglucinol releases could be obtained by simple navigation. Visual observations of the cloud behavior and Formvar replicas of cloud and precipitation particles provided a means for judging the effects of the phloroglucinol.

It is concluded that phloroglucinol will induce the formation of ice in undercooled clouds. However, in these experiments, it was not nearly as effective as the dry ice in causing shower formation.

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