Articles | Volume 1, issue 2
Research article
19 Oct 2020
Research article |  | 19 Oct 2020

Vertical cloud structure of warm conveyor belts – a comparison and evaluation of ERA5 reanalysis, CloudSat and CALIPSO data

Hanin Binder, Maxi Boettcher, Hanna Joos, Michael Sprenger, and Heini Wernli

Data sets


ERA5 European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts

Short summary
Warm conveyor belts (WCBs) are important cloud- and precipitation-producing airstreams in extratropical cyclones. By combining satellite observations with model data from a new reanalysis dataset, this study provides detailed observational insight into the vertical cloud structure of WCBs. We find that the reanalyses essentially capture the observed cloud pattern, but the observations reveal mesoscale structures not resolved by the temporally and spatially much coarser-resolution model data.