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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences|
|State||Published - 1995|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atmospheric Science