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How cumulus clouds work

Year: 
1981
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
2
Author(s): 
J. Steiner
Abstract: 

Observational techniques f o r cumulus cloud dynamic studies are surveyed. Can the observed characteristics be modelled? The techniques of numerical cloud modelling are discussed. It is shown that somewhat paradoxically there has been greater success in the simulation of severe convective storms than of small cumulus clouds. The principle deficiencies in models of small cumuli are in the representation of their initiation and the neglect of radiative processes.

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