Transformation of contrails into cirrus during SUCCESS

@article{Minnis1998TransformationOC,
  title={Transformation of contrails into cirrus during SUCCESS},
  author={Patrick Minnis and David F. Young and Donald P. Garber and Louis Nguyen and William L. Smith and Rabindra Palikonda},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
  year={1998},
  volume={25}
}
Three contrail systems were analyzed with geostationary satellite data to document the conversion of the contrails to cirrus clouds. Two unique contrails, a pair of figure eights and a NASA DC‐8 oval, were tracked for more than 7 hours. A cluster of contrails from commercial aircraft lasted over 17 hours. The figure eights produced a cirrus cloud having a maximum extent of 12,000 km²; the commercial cluster reached an area of ∼35,000 km². The contrail‐cirrus were thin with optical depths… 

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