Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 9–21, 2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 9–21, 2016

Research article 15 Jan 2016

Research article | 15 Jan 2016

The microwave properties of simulated melting precipitation particles: sensitivity to initial melting

B. T. Johnson et al.

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This research explores, through simulations, how a realistically shaped snowflake aggregate begins the melting process and how microwave-based satellite observations are sensitive to those initial stages of melting. Using highly detailed physical models, and high-precision numerical models, we can accurately simulate the sensitivity of observations to this critical transition from dry snow to melting snow. This research improves on existing models, providing an accurate measurement basis.