Measurements of wave-cloud microphysical properties with two new aircraft probes

H. Gerber, Cynthia H. Twohy, Bruce Gandrud, Andrew J. Heymsfield, Greg M. McFarquhar, Paul J. Demott, David C. Rogers

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Measurements of ice water content (IWC) and mean ice-crystal size and concentration made by two in-situ probes, CVI and PVM, were compared on the DC-8 aircraft during SUCCESS flights in orographic ice clouds. The comparison of IWC in these wave clouds, that formed at temperatures of about -38 °C on April 30 and -62 °C on May 2, 1996, showed good agreement. The comparison of ice crystal concentrations agreed better for the April-30 clouds than for the May-2 clouds; and the effective radius compared for both probes and for remote retrievals from aircraft and satellite for a segment of the Berthoud wave cloud (May 2) agreed within 30%. The measured parameters of the ice crystals were similar to earlier measurements and recent modeling of cold wave clouds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1117-1120
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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