hydrometeor


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hydrometeor

[¦hī·drō′mēd·ē·ər]
(hydrology)
Any product of condensation or sublimation of atmospheric water vapor, whether formed in the free atmosphere or at the earth's surface.
Any water particles blown by the wind from the earth's surface.
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hydrometeor

A general term for particles of liquid water or ice, such as rain, fog, or frost, formed by the modification of water vapor in the atmosphere either by condensation or sublimation.
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In addition, radar often misses light precipitation (due to reflectivity being proportional to the sixth power of hydrometeor diameter and drizzle drops being small).
This algorithm is essential for the use of KDP for many applications such as rainfall estimation, hydrometeor classification, and numerical modeling.
Current airborne in situ cloud physics probes sample small volumes of air, such that the along-track distribution of the largest hydrometeors, which are present at low concentrations but typically dominate the radar signal, is not adequately sampled.
The radar reflectivity used below is extracted and derived by a NCAR command language (NCL) function, which is computed from the simulated mixing ratios of grid-resolved hydrometeor species, assuming scattering by spherical particles of known constant density with an exponential size distribution [36].
Rapid scans of the atmosphere and hydrometeor classification, among other polarimetric radar capabilities, are critical for forecasting and prediction.