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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 2313-2326, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-2313-2015
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Research article
03 Mar 2015
Persistent after-effects of heavy rain on concentrations of ice nuclei and rainfall suggest a biological cause
E. K. Bigg et al.

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We show that atmospheric load of ice nuclei is enhanced for up to 20 days after key rainfall events. The rate of enhancement decreases exponentially with time. Rainfall quantity and frequency are increased for a similar duration and with similar exponential decreases thereby supporting the notion of rainfall feedback. We reveal series of significant feedback in rainfall patterns across Australia over the past century and marked changes in feedback patterns, and we indicate their locations.
We show that atmospheric load of ice nuclei is enhanced for up to 20 days after key rainfall...
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