condensation trail


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an artificial cloud created by an aircraft

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One point was obvious: regardless of the growing importance of radar in air defense operations, a condensation trail could still pinpoint the location of an airplane that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Johannes "Mackie" Steinhoff, another top German ace, made this point in his memoir of air combat in the Mediterranean Theater: "A delicate white condensation trail, plainly visible against the blue of the sky, began to form behind Bachmann's machine.
Nead was not the first to recognize the relationship between the halo phenomenon and the nature of condensation trails.
On days with high upper-level humidity, condensation trails can stick around for quite a while, and depending on the winds, they can spread out into a deck of cirrus.
In extremely cold Arctic climates, aircraft are known to produce condensation trails at ground level when they take off or land.
A study in the journal Nature Climate Change by researchers from the University of Reading's Department of Meteorology has said the world's present design of aircraft may lower the formation of their distinctive condensation trails (
A study in 2002 had suggested that condensation trails left behind by jets could have a significant effect on daily temperature patterns.
It is directly to blame for CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions and the formation of condensation trails and cirrus clouds.
The fat puffy plumes arching up over the horizon were unlike any aircraft condensation trails ("contrails") he had ever seen.
These pencil-thin condensation trails are short-lived, evaporating into invisibility as exhaust gases cool quickly to the surrounding air temperature.
Clarke suggests that the particles entrained in the rising methane plume would act as condensation nuclei for water vapor in the air and would cause ice crystals to form, just as condensation trails are left behind airplanes.
2] emissions are expected to rise to 4 percent of the industrial total, ozone concentrations will increase 13 percent, condensation trails will increase by 0.