Figure 342
Fig. 342
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Time series of GOES-8 satellite images showing the evolution from a contrail to cirrus clouds. (From Minnis et al., 1998a.) The NASA DC-8 flew an oval flight pattern several times off the coast of California on 12 May 1996 (Figure 3.4.2a), resulting in a visible contrail 15 min later (Figure 3.4.2b). This contrail spread as it was advected over California (Figure 3.4.2c) until it no longer resembled its initial shape 3 h later (Figure 3.4.2d).