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Aircraft Cause Precipitation, Hole-punch Clouds
June 14, 2010
As turboprop and jet aircraft climb or descend under certain atmospheric conditions, they can inadvertently seed mid-level clouds and cause narrow bands of snow or rain to develop and fall to the ground, new research finds. Through this seeding process, they leave behind unusual "hole-punch clouds."
National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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