cloud top


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cloud top

[′klau̇d ‚täp]
(meteorology)
The highest level in the atmosphere at which the air contains a perceptible quantity of cloud particles for a given cloud or cloud layer.
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MYD06 provides cloud top pressure (CTP) and cloud optical thickness (COT) information with a horizontal resolution of 1km for ISCCP cloud-type classification.
The occurrence of single-layer clouds of different heights (Figure 4) has similar large value with its cloud top temperature (Figure 5(a)).
Khlopenkov, 2016: A probabilistic pattern recognition method for detection of overshooting cloud tops using satellite imager data.
Cloud top properties are widely controlled by the convective structure within the cloud and especially by the altitude and temperature of cloud top and cloud base (e.g., [13, 32]).
The cloud top height in CALIOP was >17 km inside the MCC (cyan dots, where the integrated attenuated backscatter coefficient of the top cloud was >0.01 [sr.sup.-1] x [km.sup.-1] according to Dessler [11] and Pan and Munchak [26]), that is, higher than that outside (blue dots).
The infrared satellite mosaic shows cloud heights at 5000-foot intervals using the cloud top temperature--colder tops are higher.
After the in-cloud leg, the aircraft would do an alternating ascent-descent sequence (sawtooth sequence) with a vertical range of about 1,500 ft (500 m) to sample the cloud top and the stable layer that often caps the cloud.
In view of relative homogeneity of the underlying surfaces in low-latitude and midlatitude zones, the value of OLR is mainly determined by the cloud, such as cloud top temperature and cloudiness.
AIM 7-1-29 (a)(6) states, "Do clear the top of a known or suspected severe thunderstorm by at least 1000 feet of altitude for each 10 knots of wind speed at the cloud top." Dr.