Stable Isotopic Composition of Snow as an Indicator of Cloud Seedability

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  • Joseph A. Warburton
  • Tom P. DeFelice

Abstract

The stable oxygen isotopic composition has been measured in three sets of snow samples collected sequentially at a remote mountain station during winter storms. Replication techniques were used in conjunction with the sequential sampling to provide information on ice crystal habits and degree of riming in the snowfall . The results indicate stable isotope measurements combined with ice crystal replication techniques can be successfully used to estimate the weighted mean elevations of ice phase water capture by precipitating cloud particulates.

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