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Research article
18 Jan 2017
Research article |  | 18 Jan 2017

Observing relationships between lightning and cloud profiles by means of a satellite-borne cloud radar

Martina Buiat, Federico Porcù, and Stefano Dietrich

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The cloud radar on board the NASA CloudSat mission provides information on the vertical structure of the cloud that, in the present study, is matched to ground-based measurements of lightning occurrences. The aim of this research was to study the relationship between the ice content of the cloud and its capability to produce lightning. Results show the importance of high ice content, especially close to the cloud top, for producing lightning.