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Microphysics of SPARTICUS and MacPex Clouds. Paul Lawson. Comparison of WB-57 and Lear Microphysics Measurements During Coordinated Flight Through Cirrus on 18 April 2011. Measurements from Lear and WB-57 Cloud Particle Probes During In-Trail Comparison Flight.

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Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

Microphysics of

SPARTICUS and

MacPex Clouds

Paul Lawson


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

Comparison of WB-57 and Lear Microphysics Measurements

During Coordinated Flight Through Cirrus on 18 April 2011


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

Measurements from Lear and WB-57 Cloud Particle Probes During In-Trail Comparison Flight


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

Measurements from Lear and WB-57 Cloud Particle Probes During In-Trail Comparison Flight


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

SPARTICUS Profile

In Thin, Warm Cirrus


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

SPARTICUS Profile

In Thin, Warm Cirrus

SPARTICUS Profile

In Cold, Thick Cirrus


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

SPARTICUS Learjet Flight Through Anvil over SGP

on 15 June 2010


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

Learjet made 8 Passes Stepping up from

FL250 (- 20 C) to FL 380 (-52 C)


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

CPI Images at FL250 (-20 C) <-------->

1 mm


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

CPI Images at FL250 (-20 C) <-------->

1 mm


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

2D-S Images at FL250 (-20 C) <----->

1 mm


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

HVPS Images at FL250 (-20 C) <---->

1 cm


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

CPI Images at FL310 (-33 C) <-------->

1 mm


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

2D-S Images at FL310 (-33 C) <----->

1 mm


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

HVPS Images at FL310 (-33 C) <---->

1 cm


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

CPI Images at FL380 -52 C <-------->

1 mm


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

2D-S Images at FL380 (-52 C) <----->

1 mm


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

HVPS Images at FL380 (-52 C) <---->

1 cm


Microphysics of sparticus and macpex clouds

Summary

  • 2D-S measurements in SPARTICUS and MacPex appear to be reliable. Horizontal and vertical channels are in good agreement. Based on one comparison, both WB-57 2D-S and HVPS particle concentrations are slightly lower than Lear, but time differential in cloud penetration may explain difference.

  • HVPS concentration measurements appear to be lower relative to 2D-S in MacPex. HVPS concentrations in both SPARTICUS and MacPex (and 2D-P in SPARTICUS) appear to be lower than 2D-S when max particle size < ~1 to 2 mm.

  • SPEC FCDP concentration measurements in MacPex are in phase with 2D-S small particle measurements, but lower concentration values and PSD’s are suspect. DMT CDP measurements in SPARTICUS (when the probe appears to be working) are in phase but much higher than 2D-S. PSD’s are suspect.

  • Users are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to plot PSD’s from each probe and examine overlap to determine suitability before using or combining PSD’s for analysis.


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