Browse Publications Technical Papers 2011-38-0020

An Examination of Aircraft Icing Conditions Associated with Cold Fronts 2011-38-0020

In the continental United States east of the Rocky Mountains cold fronts are quite common in wintertime due to the many cyclones moving through this region, and icing conditions in the vicinity of cold fronts are a major contributor to the overall occurrence of icing in the atmosphere. The conditions examined in this study will be those behind the cold front. Icing there is often found in stratocumulus clouds that form due to destabilization of the boundary layer through cold air advection and an inversion formed by subsidence aloft which caps their growth. Moist adiabatic lapse rates, small drop sizes, high drop concentrations, and moderate to high liquid water contents depending on the cloud depth often characterize these clouds.


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