On modeled and observed warm rainfall occurrence and its relationships with cloud macrophysical properties
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Rainfall from low-level, liquid-phase ("warm") clouds over the global oceans is ubiquitous and contributes non-negligibly to the total amount of precipitation that falls to the globe. In this study, modeled and observed warm rainfall occurrence and its bulk statistical relationships with cloud macrophysical properties are analyzed independently and directly compared with one another. Rain is found to fall from ~25% of the warm, maritime clouds observed from space by CloudSat and from ~27% of the warm clouds simulated within a large-scale, fine-resolution radiative convective equilibrium experiment ...