cloud droplet

cloud droplet

[′klau̇d ‚dräp·lət]
(meteorology)
A particle of liquid water from a few micrometers to tens of micrometers in diameter, formed by condensation of atmospheric water vapor and suspended in the atmosphere with other drops to form a cloud.
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The overall shape of the qualitative concept will be better represented by more cloud droplet.
A Cloud Droplet Probe (CDP) from Droplet Measurement Technologies and a Two-Dimensional array probe (2D-C) together measure the size distribution of water droplets and ice crystals.
The aerosols may produce a reduction of downward solar radiation (direct effect), a change in near surface temperature and thermal stability due to absorption of solar radiation which leads subsequently to a change in cloudiness (semi-direct effect) a decrease in cloud drop size but an increase in cloud droplet number concentrations through their role as cloud condensation nuclei (indirect effect).
Some proposed solutions to this problem, known as the faint young Sun problem, include an atmospheric composition with higher concentrations of greenhouse gases, higher atmospheric pressure, increased cloud droplet size, and changes in land distribution and Earth's rotation rate.
Although this reduction in cloud droplet number is not substantial, it has long been established that lower droplet concentrations help to accelerate the warm rain process (e.
These researchers--led by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA--also have developed a new instrument for measuring the conditions and time needed for a particle to become a cloud droplet.
Diffraction occurs when a tiny aperture (like a pinhole) or particle (like a cloud droplet or ice needle edge) is similar in size to the wavelengths of light.
Cloud droplet microphysical properties were measured in situ by the C-130 using multiple probes operated by the NASA Langley Aerosol Research Group (LARGE).
Instruments on the UAVs measured concentrations of aerosol particles and black carbon, cloud droplet size and density, temperature variations, and turbulent kinetic energy, and these data were combined with ground measurements taken from the Maldives islands southwest of India and Sri Lanka.
IceCube will measure cloud ice while HARP, or the Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter, will measure airborne particles and the distribution of cloud droplet sizes in Earth's atmosphere.