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Aerosols enhance cloud development

Nature Geoscience

December 8, 2011

Aerosols stimulate the vertical development of clouds containing liquid water and ice, reports a study published online this week in Nature Geoscience.

Zhanqing Li and colleagues use ten years of extensive ground-based data collected over the southern Great Plains of North America to show that aerosols stimulate the upward growth of warm-based clouds containing both water and ice. They also show that deep, water-laden clouds are associated with more frequent rainfall events.

doi: 10.1038/ngeo1313

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