Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Fair-weather clouds hold dirty secret

(Phys.org) —Their fluffy appearance is deceiving. Fair-weather clouds have a darker side, according to scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Fair-weather cumulus clouds contain an increasing ...

Apr 26, 2013
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Pollution alters isolated thunderstorms

New climate research reveals how wind shear -- the same atmospheric conditions that cause bumpy airplane rides -- affects how pollution contributes to isolated thunderstorm clouds. Under strong wind shear ...

Dec 15, 2009
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Down-and-dirty details of climate modeling

For the first time, researchers have developed a comprehensive approach to look at aerosols—those fine particles found in pollution—and their effect on clouds and climate. Scientists from Pacific ...

May 04, 2011
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Pollution yields longer-lasting storm clouds

(Phys.org) —A new study reveals how pollution causes thunderstorms to leave behind larger, deeper, longer lasting clouds. Appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences November 26, th ...

Nov 26, 2013
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