PNNL Research Will Help Represent Cloud Patterns In Ocean Climate Change Models

Like shifting sand dunes, some clouds disappear in one place and reappear in another.

A new study this week in Nature shows why: Rain causes air to move vertically, which breaks down and builds up cloud walls. The air movement forms patterns in low clouds that remain cohesive structures even while appearing to shift about the sky, due to a principle called self-organization.

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