Animations of simulations of convection
As part of my PhD research I have performed simulations of radiative-convective equilibrium at a range of surface temperatures using the model CM1, maintained by George Bryan of NCAR. Here I have placed some animations that show how the behaviour of clouds change as the surface temperature is varied. Click on a thumbnail on the right to see an animation showing different properties of the simulations.
Surface air temperature and clouds
The gray contour is an iso-surface of cloud water content (including hydrometeors), while the colors are the near-surface temperature. The sea-surface temperature is fixed at 15°C (top), 29°C (middle) and 35°C (bottom).