8D technique

8D technique

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(meteorology)
A technique for using the radiosonde observation to determine the presence of liquid water-droplets in supercooled clouds in saturated or nearly saturated layers of air; for each reported level in the sounding, the negative value of eight times the dew-point spread (-8D) is plotted on the pseudoadiabatic chart (or equivalent chart); where the temperature sounding lies to the left of the -8D curve, liquid droplet clouds are considered to be present, and icing is possible on aircraft flying in the cloud layer. Also known as frost-point technique.