Amanda Short - lower clouds (more incident radiation is...

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Amanda Short This is an IR satellite image from GOES 13 on 22 October at 3:15 PM Eastern time. In this image the bright and white clouds are those higher in the atmosphere that reflect more solar radiation than lower clouds. These are seen in the band of clouds and areas of cumulus offshore that appear white. Their cloud tops have cooler temperatures than lower clouds because less radiation is absorbed and re emitted by higher clouds than
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Unformatted text preview: lower clouds (more incident radiation is reflected thus less reaches and heats the surface). The gray clouds are lower and warmer stratus clouds that do not reflect as much incident solar radiation but absorb and re emit more OLR than high clouds. The advantage of IR images is that they are not dependent on visible light, so they are obtained even in darkness....
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2012 for the course MPO 551 taught by Professor Zhang,c during the Summer '08 term at University of Miami.

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