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Volume 16, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4005–4022, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4005-2016
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4005–4022, 2016
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Research article 29 Mar 2016

Research article | 29 Mar 2016

Environmental controls on pyrocumulus and pyrocumulonimbus initiation and development

Neil P. Lareau and Craig B. Clements
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Lidar, radar, and radiosonde observations obtained during large wildfires shed new light on the initiation and development of pyrocumulus and pyrocumulonimbus clouds. Lidar data show, for example, that the condensation level in these towering convective plumes can be significantly higher than the condensation level in the ambient environment. Above the condensation level the subsequent cloud development is shown to be sensitive to wind shear and dry air entrainment, which limit vertical growth.
Lidar, radar, and radiosonde observations obtained during large wildfires shed new light on the...
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