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Lee et al. 2018

Lee, H., J.J. Baik, and A.P. Khain, 2018: Turbulence effects on precipitation and cloud radiative properties in shallow cumulus: An investigation using the WRF-LES model coupled with bin microphysics. Asia-Pac. J. Atmos. Sci., early on-line, doi:10.1007/s13143-018-0012-4.

Using the large-eddy simulation version of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model coupled with a detailed bin microphysics scheme, the effects of turbulence-induced collision enhancement (TICE) on precipitation and cloud radiative properties in shallow cumulus are investigated. Similar to previous studies, the enhanced droplet collision results in an increase in rainwater content and surface precipitation amount. However, under low aerosol number concentration, the relative frequency of large surface precipitation amount is decreased mainly due to the decreased condensation amount. Due to TICE, the mean drop size increases and the drop number concentration decreases, which results in a decrease in evaporation and hence increasing cloud fraction. However, these changes induce a decrease in cloud optical thickness which largely offsets the increased cloud fraction when the domain-averaged albedo is calculated. Similarly, a decrease in cloud top height caused by the decreased in-cloud vertical velocity largely offsets the increased cloud fraction when the domain-averaged outgoing longwave radiation is calculated. Therefore, the effects of TICE on cloud radiative properties in shallow cumulus do not appear prominently. In addition, TICE results in a decrease in the shear production of turbulent kinetic energy, which indicates that TICE acts to produce a negative feedback.

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@article{le06700y,
  author={Lee, H. and Baik, J. J. and Khain, A. P.},
  title={Turbulence effects on precipitation and cloud radiative properties in shallow cumulus: An investigation using the WRF-LES model coupled with bin microphysics},
  year={2018},
  journal={Asia-Pac. J. Atmos. Sci.},
  doi={10.1007%2Fs13143-018-0012-4},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - le06700y
AU  - Lee, H.
AU  - Baik, J. J.
AU  - Khain, A. P.
PY  - 2018
TI  - Turbulence effects on precipitation and cloud radiative properties in shallow cumulus: An investigation using the WRF-LES model coupled with bin microphysics
JA  - Asia-Pac. J. Atmos. Sci.
DO  - 10.1007%2Fs13143-018-0012-4
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