2014-03-02, 10-11 UTC. Supercooled liquid water. Moments only from „ principal peak “; can change between liquid and ice peak depending on which one is stronger !.
Characteristicsofcloudwaterpeak: Ifturbulenceislow, peakisverynarrow (narrow PSD), closeto 0 m/s, oftenseparatedfromfasterfallingsmalliceandaggregates. Can beusedastracerforestimatingverticalairvelocity.
The RS-RH profilesuggests a secondpossiblelayerofsupercooledwater at around 500m. Sinceturbulenceincreasesdrastically in thelowest 500m itis not easy to find a clear liquid peakhere. Maybethesizeandconcentrationofdropletsis just tosmall/lowtobedetected…
Starting at the liquid layerwealready find a peakbetween 0.5 and 1 m/s. This couldbe due tosmalliceandfirstaggregatesoralreadyrimedsinglecrystals (hardtosaywithoutotherparameters)
Just a fewhundredmetersbelow, the dominant peakisalreadybetween 1 and 1.7 m/s whilewe find a large areaof different icevelocities. Those large Doppler velocitiesindicate additional riminghashappenedduringthe last fewhundredmeters
Finally, at 500m, themainpeakspeedsupto 1.5 to 2 m/s, a clearrimingfeaturebecausevertical wind speedseemstobeingenerallow in thiscloud. Youcan also nicelyseethespeedingupofthespectra in therangespectrogram! Watch also thenicecorrelationbetween LWP maximaand MDV maxima!
At 400m thespectralpeaksare still clearlyseparatedandrelativelynarrow. Also the temporal variabilityofthe MDV isrelativelysmall.
A fewrangegatesbelow, theseparatedspectramoreandmoremergetoonepeak due toturbulencebroadening. The variations in MDV (see Time Spectrogram) are also muchstrongerandof larger „frequency“.
Unlikethecasebeforewe find forthiscloudtiltedfallstreaks. At cloud top the wind speedis larger than at e.g. 1km. Can thisexplainthetiltedfallstreaks?
Snowflake,vdop= 1 m/s
Rimedsnow, vdop = 2 m/s
Verticalprofileof horizontal wind u (unidirectional)
Note: The time fortheparticleto fall 600m (600s) is not neccesarilyequaltothe time onewouldderivefromthefallstreakstructure (300s) !
Movingtotheleft, weentertheleftsideofthestreakwhereweexpectthe fastest particlestoappear (notetherightpeak in thespectrum!)
RS indicatesthicklayer at cloud top with 100% RH. Withinthislayerwecanoftenseethenarrow liquid peak. LWP andplumestructureseemtobecorrelated.
The HSRL lidardatashowthat liquid wateralreadyexistswhenthe RS firstreaches 100% (2km). However, thedropletsizesand/orconcentrationsseemtobelowandthusthe liquid peakisveryweak.
Itis not trivial tosaywherethe multiple peakscomefromsincetheyareinfluencedbydynamicaleffects (e.g. mergingoftwofallstreaks) aswellasbymicrophysicaleffects (e.g. riming).