JP2.6 3.9 Micron Albedo Characteristics of Midlevel Mixed-Phase Clouds

Wednesday, 12 July 2006
Grand Terrace (Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center)
J. Adam Kankiewicz, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO; and S. Q. Kidder, T. H. Vonder Haar, and D. T. Lindsey

Recently completed field campaigns targeting midlevel mixed-phase clouds suggest that a vertical cloud structure composed of a supercooled liquid layer with ice virga precipitating below occurs more commonly than previously thought. Midlevel clouds topped with supercooled liquid were also observed to be spatially extensive and long-lived.

Spherical Harmonic Discrete Ordinate Method (SHDOM) radiative transfer retrievals performed on in-situ observations of midlevel mixed-phase clouds will be presented and compared with 3.9 micron channel albedo geostationary satellite observations of known mixed-phase clouds.

Early results indicate good potential for the use of 3.9 micron albedo information in helping to qualitatively, and possible quantitatively, identify significant aircraft icing hazards, especially at night.

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