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TexasHIPLEX: Texas High Plains Experiment


The objective of the Texas High Plains Experiment (Texas HIPLEX) was to identify the important precipitation initiation mechanisms in cumulus congestus clouds in West Texas. Of particular importance was a specification of the respective roles played by the coalescence and ice processes and by ice multiplication. The objective was achieved through careful analysis of cloud penetrations at just above cloud base at the -5°C and the -10°C levels. Important data included the size distribution and concentration of cloud droplets, precipitation-size drops, ice crystals and graupel. The cloud top temperature and the position and strength of updrafts and downdrafts were also determined. Data analysis was focused on the nature of the larger particles, as to whether they are drops or graupel, as well as on the size distribution of cloud droplets.  

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Begin Date 1980-05-16 00:00:00
End Date 1980-06-15 23:59:59

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Maximum (North) Latitude: 33.371, Minimum (South) Latitude: 30.711
Minimum (West) Longitude: -103.509, Maximum (East) Longitude: -100.617