Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Research article
31 Mar 2020
Research article |  | 31 Mar 2020

Ground-based observations of cloud and drizzle liquid water path in stratocumulus clouds

Maria P. Cadeddu, Virendra P. Ghate, and Mario Mech

Data sets

Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility MWR3C

Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility, SONDES

Short summary
A combination of ground-based active and passive observations is used to partition cloud and precipitation liquid water path in precipitating stratocumulous clouds. Results show that neglecting scattering effects from drizzle drops leads to 8–15 % overestimation of the liquid amount in the cloud. In closed-cell systems only ~20 % of the available drizzle in the cloud falls below the cloud base, compared to ~40 % in open-cell systems.