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Ice Nucleus Concentrations Measured During the 1975 Florida Area Cumulus Experiment (FACE)

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  • a The MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA 22102
  • | b National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO 80307
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Abstract

Ice nuclei measurements were made aboard a cloud-base aircraft during the 1975 Florida Area Cumulus Experiment. Two techniques were used to obtain the ice nuclei concentrations; membranes were collected and analyzed using the NCAR membrane development chamber and continuous ice nuclei concentrations were obtained using the NCAR acoustical counter. Results showed that the membrane technique failed to effectively detect ice nuclei in this maritime tropical area. However, the concentrations recorded by the acoustical counter showed natural afternoon diurnal increases which may have ramifications on cloud development and seeding potential within the particular study area.

Abstract

Ice nuclei measurements were made aboard a cloud-base aircraft during the 1975 Florida Area Cumulus Experiment. Two techniques were used to obtain the ice nuclei concentrations; membranes were collected and analyzed using the NCAR membrane development chamber and continuous ice nuclei concentrations were obtained using the NCAR acoustical counter. Results showed that the membrane technique failed to effectively detect ice nuclei in this maritime tropical area. However, the concentrations recorded by the acoustical counter showed natural afternoon diurnal increases which may have ramifications on cloud development and seeding potential within the particular study area.

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