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Numerical Simulation of Radial Cloud Bands



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AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences EARLY ONLINE RELEASE This is a preliminary PDF of the author produced manuscript that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication Since it is being posted so soon after acceptance it has not yet been copyedited formatted or processed by AMS Publications This preliminary version of the manuscript may be downloaded distributed and cited but please be aware that there will be visual differences and possibly some content differences between this version and the final published version The DOI for this manuscript is doi 10 1175 2010JAS3531 1 The final published version of this manuscript will replace the preliminary version at the above DOI once it is available 2010 American Meteorological Society Numerical Simulation of Radial Cloud Bands within the Upper Level Outflow of an Observed Mesoscale Convective System S B TRIER AND R D S HARMAN National Center for Atmospheric Research Boulder CO R G FOVELL Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences University of California Los Angeles Los Angeles CA R G FREHLICH CIRES University of Colorado Boulder CO 12 April 2010 Revised 9 June 2010 Submitted to Journal of Atmospheric Sciences Corresponding author address Stanley B Trier National Center for Atmospheric Research P O Box 3000 Boulder CO 80307 3000 trier ucar edu The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation Abstract Turbulence affecting aircraft is frequently reported within bands of cirrus anvil cloud extending radially outward from upstream deep convection in mesoscale convective systems MCSs A high resolution convection permitting model is used to simulate bands of this type observed on 17 June 2005 The timing location and orientation of these simulated bands are similar to those in satellite imagery for this case The 10 20 km horizontal spacing between the bands is also similar to typical spacing found in a recent satellite based climatology of



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