How Pollution Impacts Storm Clouds in a Big Way

November 27, 2013 1:05 AM

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Pollution can affect our climate in multiple ways but now, scientists have found out that it can also affect thunderstorms. It turns out that pollution causes thunderstorms to leave behind larger, deeper, longer lasting clouds, which may play into climate warming.

Weather and climate models don't reconstruct the lives of clouds very well--especially storm clouds. Usually, these models replace storm clouds with simple equations that fail to capture the whole picture. Because of these poor reconstructions, researchers have been unable to determine exactly why p...

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