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Punch Clouds Generate Rain And Snow

Thu, 2013-02-21 15:50 -- llancaster

Atmospheric scientists find airplane takeoffs and landings can affect the weather near airports.
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Feb 21 2013 - 3:30pm
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Flights Can Inadvertently Generate Rain And Snow Near Airports

Andrew Heymsfield, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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  1. Troposphere - The lowest layer of the Earth's atmosphere from the surface to about 11 miles where weather occurs. From the Greek word tropos meaning to turn or mix.  
  2. Stratosphere - The second layer of the Earth's atmosphere between 6-30 miles above the Earth's surface and above the turbulence where commercial aircraft fly.  
  3. Snow - Water that has frozen in a pattern forming flakes.
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