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Takeoffs and Landings Cause More Precipitation Near Airports


June 30, 2011

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Researchers have found that areas near commercial airports sometimes experience a small but measurable increase in rain and snow when aircraft take off and land under certain atmospheric conditions. The new study is part of ongoing research that focuses on so-called hole punch and canal clouds that form when planes fly through certain mid-level clouds, forcing nearby air to rapidly expand and cool.Full Story

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National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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