A parameterization of the evaporation of rainfall

M. E. Schlesinger, Oh Jai-Ho Oh, D. Rosenfeld

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In this study we develop theoretical expressions for the rainfall rate, P(z), and the total evaporation rate from cloud base to a level z below cloud base, E(z). The resultant parameterization for the total evaporation is given by E(z) = CPα(0)Ψ(z), where P(0) is the rainfall rate at cloud base, α and C are undetermined parameters, and Ψ(z) is a function of z. The latter is determined for the cases of constant relative humidity and constant absolute humidity below cloud base which correspond approximately to stratiform and cumuloform clouds, respectively. The parameters α and C are determined from radar observations of the rain falling from continental convective cells in central South Africa. The resultant values are α = 0.606 and C = 2.63 × 10-2 for P(0) and E(z) in millimeters per hour. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1887-1895
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Weather Review
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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