Articles | Volume 12, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3743–3759, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-3743-2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3743–3759, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-3743-2019
Research article
11 Jul 2019
Research article | 11 Jul 2019

Estimation of liquid water path below the melting layer in stratiform precipitation systems using radar measurements during MC3E

Jingjing Tian et al.

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Liquid water path (LWP) is a combination of rain liquid water path (RLWP) and cloud liquid water path (CLWP) in stratiform precipitation systems. LWP partitioning is important but poorly understood. Here we estimate the RLWP and CLWP below the melting base simultaneously and separately using ceilometer and radar measurements. Results show that the occurrence of cloud particles below the melting base is low; however, when cloud particles exist, the CLWP value is much larger than the RLWP.