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  • Cirrus and Aircraft Interact over Hampton

    3/18/2015

    Dr. William Moore of the APS department noticed a region of cirrus over Hampton that showed a strong interaction with three aircraft trails. The image, below, shows how turbulent mixing due to the passage of an aircraft disturbs the cirrus structure.  The jet streaks left behind a particularly dense cloud that cast a noticeable linear shadow (lower left), unlike the rest of the cirrus.

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    Cirrus clouds interact with aircraft over Hampton. Photo by William Moore at Fort Monroe, 6pm on 3/18/2015.