Numerical simulation of the effects of varying ice crystal nucleation rates and aggregation processes on orographic snowfall.

W. R. Cotton, G. J. Tripoli, R. M. Rauber, E. A. Mulvihill

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

The Colorado State University cloud model is applied to the simulation of orographic cloud snowfall. A model of ice crystal aggregation processes and primary nucleation and secondary ice particle production of crystals is described. Sensitivity experiments demonstrated that aggregation plays an important role in controlling the fields of cloud liquid water content, ice crystal concentrations, and surface precipitation amounts. The sensitivity experiments also support observations that the air mass is often quite clean in upper levels of stable orographic clouds. Introducing a reduction of available nuclei that can be activated by deposition/sorption processes brought concentrations to within observed values. This study clearly emphasizes the need for a great deal more fundamental research in the physics of aggregation processes and primary and secondary nucleation of ice crystals. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1658-1680
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Climate & Applied Meteorology
Volume25
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Numerical simulation of the effects of varying ice crystal nucleation rates and aggregation processes on orographic snowfall.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this