On the simulation of winter precipitation types

Thériault, Julie M.; Stewart, R. E.; Milbrandt, J. A et Yau, M. K. (2006). « On the simulation of winter precipitation types ». Journal of Geophysical Research, 111(D18202).

Fichier(s) associé(s) à ce document :
Télécharger (897kB)


Winter storms produce major problems for society, and the key responsible factor is often the varying types of precipitation. The objective of this study is to better understand the formation of different types of winter precipitation (freezing rain, ice pellets, snow, slush, wet snow and refrozen wet snow) within the varying and interacting environmental conditions in many winter storms. To address this issue, a one-dimensional cloud model utilizing a double-moment bulk microphysics scheme has been developed. Temperature and moisture profiles favorable for the formation of different winter precipitation types were varied in a systematic manner in an environment where snow is falling continuously through a temperature inversion. The ensuing precipitation evolved as a result of the variations in atmospheric temperature and moisture arising from phase changes such as melting and freezing. This study underlines the often complex manner through which different precipitation types form. It also demonstrates that the formation of semimelted particles can have a profound effect on the evolution of precipitation types aloft and at the surface. Furthermore, some types of precipitation only form within a narrow range of environmental conditions.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Atmospheric temperature, Climate change, Freezing, Mathematical models, Melting, Moisture, Precipitation (meteorology), Storms
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences > Département des sciences de la Terre et de l'atmosphère
Déposé par: Julie Mireille Thériault
Date de dépôt: 21 mars 2016 14:25
Dernière modification: 19 avr. 2016 19:59
Adresse URL : http://archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/7964


Voir les statistiques sur cinq ans...