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Punch Clouds Generate Rain And Snow

Punch Clouds Generate Rain And Snow

Atmospheric scientists find airplane takeoffs and landings can affect the weather near airports.

Punch Clouds Generate Rain and Snow

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 20:30

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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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Flights Can Inadvertently Generate Rain And Snow Near Airports

Andrew Heymsfield, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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