Convective condensation level

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convective condensation level

(Abbreviated CCL.) On a thermodynamic diagram, the point of intersection of a sounding curve (representing the vertical distribution of temperature in an atmospheric column) with the saturation mixing ratio line corresponding to the average mixing ratio in the surface layer (i.e., approximately the lowest 1500 ft).

The dry adiabat through this point determines, approximately, the lowest temperature to which the surface air must be heated before a parcel can rise dry-adiabatically to its lifting condensation level without ever being colder than the environment. This temperature, the convective temperature, is a useful parameter in forecasting the onset of convection.
See conditional instability, level of free convection.


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