How would the calculation of height in the rain gauge be affected if the precipitation type was snow versus rain?

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· Although you are encouraged to collaborate with your classmates, each of you is expected to submit a separate and distinct assignment.

1. Regarding precipitation. [40 marks]

a. What determines the terminal velocity of a hydrometeor? [2 marks]

b. How might each of the following effect terminal velocity:

i. Updrafts. [1 mark]

ii. Downdrafts. [1 mark]

iii. Buoyancy. [2 marks]

iv. Phase. [2 marks]

v. Shape. [2 marks]

c. Complete Table 1 by determining the terminal velocity of the hydrometeors based on their radii. Using this terminal velocity, and assuming a fall distance of 750 m, calculate the fall time and state whether the hydrometeor is cloud or rain. [12 marks]

d. Determine the volume of the 320 μm radius hydrometeor in m3. Assume it is spherical in shape, and comprised of pure water. [3 marks]

e. Suppose 1000 of these 320 μm hydrometeors accumulate over a period of 10 minutes.

i. Determine the total volume of accumulated water in m3. [2 marks]

ii. Determine the height of the water, h, in mm that occupies a rain gauge of diameter 5 cm. Use h = n V / π R2 to calculate the water height for a rain gauge of radius, R; here n represents the number of hydrometeors of volume, V (i.e., n V, your answer to 1(e)(i)). [4 marks]

iii. What assumption is implied regarding the hydrometeors in the rain-gauge height formula of 1(e)(ii)? [1 mark]

iv. Determine the corresponding hourly rain rate in mm/hr. [2 marks]

v. Based on the intensity determined in 1(e)(iv), classify this as stratiform or cumuliform precipitation. Justify your answer. [2 marks]

vi. How would the calculation of height in the rain gauge be affected if the precipitation type was snow versus rain? [2 marks]

vii. EMOS measures precipitation. Yet, it is stated that: “precip only works when temperature > 0”. Why do you think this is the case? [2 marks]

Radius (μm) Terminal Velocity (m/s) Fall Time Cloud or Rain
Table 1. Cloud versus rain classification on the basis of terminal-velocity derived fall times.

2. For stations above Mean Sea Level (MSL), the pressure at the point of observation (pOBS) can be corrected to its MSL equivalent pressure (pMSL) through use of the Hydrostatic Equation,[footnoteRef:0] namely: [0: ]

pMSL = pOBS + ρgzOBS. (Eq’n 1)

In this equation, zOBS is the height of the observation point relative to MSL, ρ is the density of air at the point of observation and g is the acceleration due to gravity.