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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6113-6124, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-6113-2017
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17 May 2017
Enhanced stratospheric water vapor over the summertime continental United States and the role of overshooting convection
Robert L. Herman et al.

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This study reports new aircraft field observations of elevated water vapor greater than 10 ppmv in the overworld stratosphere over the summertime continental US. Back trajectories from the flight track intersect overshooting convective tops within the previous 1 to 7 days, suggesting that ice is convectively and irreversibly transported to the stratosphere in the most energetic overshooting convective events. Satellite measurements (Aura MLS) indicate that such events are uncommon (< 1 %).
This study reports new aircraft field observations of elevated water vapor greater than 10 ppmv...
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