Parameterization of ice crystal conversion processes due to vapor deposition for mesoscale models using double-moment basis functions. Part I: basic formulation and parcel model results

J. Y. Harrington, M. P. Meyers, R. L. Walko, W. R. Cotton

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Abstract

Observational data collected during the FIRE II experiment showing the existence of bimodal ice spectra along with experimental evidence of the size dependence of riming are utilized in the development of a bimodal ice spectrum parameterization for use in the RAMS model. Two ice classes are defined: pristine ice and snow, each described by a separate, complete gamma distribution function. Pristine ice is small ice consisting of particles with mean sizes less than 125 μm, while snow is the large class consisting of particles greater than 125 μm. Analytical equations are formulated for the conversion between the ice classes by vapor depositional growth (sublimation). The performance of the parameterizations in a simple parcel model is discussed and evaluated against an explicit Lagrangian parcel microphysical model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4344-4366
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume52
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science

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