Comparison of the bright band characteristics measured by Micro Rain Radar (MRR) at a mountain and a coastal site in South Korea

Joo Wan Cha, Ki Ho Chang, Seong Soo Yum, Young Jean Choi

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Data from a long term measurement of Micro Rain Radar (MRR) at a mountain site (Daegwallyeong, DG, one year period of 2005) and a coastal site (Haenam, HN, three years 2004-2006) in South Korea were analyzed to compare the MRR measured bright band characteristics of stratiform precipitation at the two sites. On average, the bright band was somewhat thicker and the sharpness (average gradient of reflectivity above and below the reflectivity peak) was slightly weaker at DG, compared to those values at HN. The peak reflectivity itself was twice as strong and the relative location of the peak reflectivity within the bright band was higher at HN than at DG. Importantly, the variability of these values was much larger at HN than at DG. The key parameter to cause these differences is suggested to be the difference of the snow particle densities at the two sites, which is related to the degree of riming. Therefore, it is speculated that the cloud microphysical processes at HN may have varied significantly from un-rimed snow growth, producing low density snow particles, to the riming of higher density particles, while snow particle growth at DG was more consistently affected by the riming process, and therefore high density snow particles. Forced uplifting of cloudy air over the mountain area around DG might have resulted in an orographic supercooling effect that led to the enhanced riming of supercooled cloud drops.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-221
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar

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Acknowledgements. This work was funded by the Korean Meteorological Administration Research and Development Program under Grant CATER 2006-2307. The authors are grateful to the National Institute of Meteorological Research (NIMR) for providing the MRR and other meteorological data.

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  • Atmospheric Science


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