Large Deviation Analysis of Rapid Onset of Rain Showers

Wilkinson, Michael (2016). Large Deviation Analysis of Rapid Onset of Rain Showers. Physical Review Letters, 116(1), article no. 018501.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.018501

Abstract

Rainfall from ice-free cumulus clouds requires collisions of large numbers of microscopic droplets to create every raindrop. The onset of rain showers can be surprisingly rapid, much faster than the mean time required for a single collision. Large-deviation theory is used to explain this observation.

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