Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4893–4913, 2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4893–4913, 2021

Research article 12 Jul 2021

Research article | 12 Jul 2021

Analysis of the microphysical properties of snowfall using scanning polarimetric and vertically pointing multi-frequency Doppler radars

Mariko Oue et al.

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Multi-wavelength radar measurements provide capabilities to identify ice particle types and growth processes in clouds beyond the capabilities of single-frequency radar measurements. This study introduces Doppler velocity and polarimetric radar observables into the multi-wavelength radar reflectivity measurement to improve identification analysis. The analysis clearly discerns snowflake aggregation and riming processes and even early stages of riming.