Water vapor mixing ratio evolution during the June 19-20 period during which both a CI mission and several bore events occurred. For display purposes, these data are presented at 1 minute temporal and 30 meter vertical resolution.
Aerosol depolarization measurements from 7 – 14 km showing two cloud layers. Cirrus cloud evolution can be observed in the upper cloud layer where early in the image, high depolarization throughout the layer indicates a young cirrus cloud characterized mainly by generation activity implying small particles. Cirrus precipitation is observed to develop and increase thoughout the image. The lower cloud layer shows strong wave evidence which is correlated with the bore thrust that occurs near the surface at ~30 UT.
Line plots of the water vapor mixing ratio measured at 2 hour intervals during the cirrus cloud evolution shown above. The ice saturation mixing ratio is also plotted. Over the period of the measurements, the water vapor mixing ratio is seen to increase below the cloud level due to evaporation of the precipitating cirrus. Also, there is good correspondence between the location of cloud base and when the water vapor mixing ratio equals the saturation mixing ratio.