Articles | Volume 12
13 Aug 2007
13 Aug 2007

Using MSG to monitor the evolution of severe convective storms over East Mediterranean Sea and Israel, and its response to aerosol loading

I. M. Lensky and S. Shiff

Abstract. Convective storms over East Mediterranean sea and Israel were tracked by METEOSAT Second Generation (MSG). The MSG data was used to retrieve time series of the precipitation formation processes in the clouds, the temperature of onset of precipitation, and an indication to aerosol loading over the sea. Strong correlation was found between the aerosol loading and the depth above cloud base required for the initialization of effective precipitation processes (indicated by the effective radius = 15 µm threshold). It seems from the data presented here that the clouds' response to the aerosol loading is very short.