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Mongo
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Rain drops
      #27143 - Tue Sep 14 2004 02:32 PM

Hi all. I have what may be a strange question. Why is it that rain drops falling from a tropical system seem to be much smaller than rain drops produced during non-tropical storms? I've noticed the same phenomenon during strong winter storms--the snow flakes tend to be smaller than during minor snow showers.

Thanks.


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Keith234
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Re: Rain drops [Re: Mongo]
      #27156 - Tue Sep 14 2004 03:01 PM

I haven't seen a tropical system in many years, but wouldn't the raindrops be larger in a tropical system because of the more moisture giving the droplets more droplets to form together. Strong winter storms have smaller flakes because the air is colder, usually depends are where you are in relation to the LLC.

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Mongo
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Re: Rain drops [Re: Keith234]
      #27164 - Tue Sep 14 2004 03:16 PM

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Strong winter storms have smaller flakes because the air is colder, usually depends are where you are in relation to the LLC.




Thanks, Keith....that answers the snow question. Regarding the rain drop thing; I noticed the size differential in the remnants of Frances when it came through Atlanta last week, and noticed it with Opal in 1995, and Alberto in 1994. Strange.


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