Liquid Water Content - Characteristics - Relation To Classification of Clouds

Relation To Classification of Clouds

Clouds that have low densities, such as cirrus clouds, contain very little water, thus resulting in relatively low liquid water content values of around .03g/m3. Clouds that have high densities, like cumulonimbus clouds, have much higher liquid water content values that are around 1-3g/m3, as more liquid is present in the same amount of space. Below is a chart giving typical LWC values of various cloud types. (Thompson, 2007).

Cloud Type LWC (g/m3)
cirrus .03
fog .05
stratus .25-.30
cumulus .25-.30
stratocumulus .45
cumulonimbus 1.0-3.0

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