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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It was found that dust tends to enhance precipitation primarily by acting as IN, while aerosol pollution reduces water resources in the CRB through the "spillover" effect [5-7], by enhancing cloud droplet concentrations and reducing riming rates.
Cloud condensation nuclei or CCNs are typically 0.2 AaAaAeAe[micro]m, or 1/100 the size of a normal cloud droplet. This provides the small but precise surface needed for water vapor to settle and become liquid water, which is integral in cloud formation.
If a quantitative value x [member of] U is a random realization of the qualitative concept A and the membership of x to A, [mu](x) [member of] [0,1], is a random number with a stable tendency: [mu]: U [right arrow] [0,1], [for all]x [member of] U, x [right arrow] [mu](x), then the distribution of x on domain U is called the cloud and each x is called a cloud droplet [24].
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.
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.
The time limitation in the future STL case is indicated by the small increase in the mode of the cloud droplet radii between the past and future cases; there is only a slight increase in the future run due to the limited time for droplet growth.
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. This will help scientists determine how various types of emissions affect cloud formation.
And, instead of being caused by reflection and refraction (bending) of light by ice crystals (as is the case with halos), coronas are caused by a process called "diff-raction." 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.
(2009) parameterization for cloud microphysics that does not explicitly predict the cloud droplet distribution.
The cloud model is usually denoted by a cloud droplet, C(Ex, En, He), where Ex is the expected value, which reflects the mathematical expectation of the qualitative concept; En is the entropy, reflecting the fuzzy qualitative concept; and He is the hyper entropy, which reflects the randomness of dispersion and the degree of certainty.