Volume 89 Issue 36 | p. 16 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 5, 2011

From Dust To Snow

ACS Meeting News: Study of atmospheric dust may herald changes in weather and climate forecasting
Department: ACS News | Collection: Climate Change
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: dust, aerosol, atmosphere, precipitation, weather, climate

Atmospheric dust may play a key role in precipitation, according to researchers who flew aircraft and used ground monitoring stations in California to study dust particles carried over the Pacific Ocean from Asia. They presented their results last week at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Denver.

Dust in the atmosphere is known to play a role in ice formation in clouds, but its effect on precipitation is poorly understood. Dust from Asia accounts . . .

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