Heat and moisture budgets of tropical mesoscale anvil clouds.

R. H. Johnson, G. S. Young

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Mesoscale anvils, defined as widespread (ca.100 km) cloud systems extending from near the freezing level to the high troposphere, are characterized by light, stratiform precipitation. These cloud features, which are preceded by and generally merged with cumulonimbus clouds, are prevalent throughout the tropics and summertime midlatitudes and may account for an important fraction of the total tropical rainfall. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2138-2147
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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