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TC | Volume 13, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 13, 2713–2732, 2019
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The Cryosphere, 13, 2713–2732, 2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 16 Oct 2019

Research article | 16 Oct 2019

Measurement of specific surface area of fresh solid precipitation particles in heavy snowfall regions of Japan

Satoru Yamaguchi et al.

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The specific surface area (SSA) of solid precipitation particles (PPs) includes detailed information of PP. This work is based on field measurement of SSA of PPs in Nagaoka, the city with the heaviest snowfall in Japan. The values of SSA strongly depend on wind speed (WS) and wet-bulb temperature (Tw) on the ground. An equation to empirically estimate the SSA of fresh PPs with WS and Tw was established and the equation successfully reproduced the fluctuation of SSA in Nagaoka.
The specific surface area (SSA) of solid precipitation particles (PPs) includes detailed...