Energy Transformation and Rearrangement Caused by Cumulus Convection.

by Lloyd Randall Koenig, Francis W. Murray

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Examines the production, decay, rearrangement, and flux of energy of various kinds that result from the growth and decay of small cumulus clouds in initially static environments with a numerical model of cumulus convection including warm microphysics. The goal of the work is to understand how clouds interact with and modify their environment so that realistic parameterization of cumulus convection in large-scale atmospheric models can be formulated. As expected, results indicate that cumulus convection changes the vertical distribution of static energy by causing a net loss in regions near cloud base and a net gain near the summit. 2 pp. Ref.

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