Do contrails significantly reduce daily temperature range?
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2008
Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 35, Issue 23, December 2008
How to Cite
2008), Do contrails significantly reduce daily temperature range? Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L23815, doi:10.1029/2008GL036108., , , , and (
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 NOV 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 7 NOV 2008
- Manuscript Received: 23 SEP 2008
- daily temperature range
 One of the most visible anthropogenic phenomena in the atmosphere is the occurrence of contrails. The direct effects of contrails on surface temperature are investigated on the basis of the data sets for the cloud cover and surface temperature over the conterminous United States for the period 1971–2001. It is shown that the increase of the average daily temperature range (DTR) over the United States during the three-day grounding period of 11–14 September 2001 cannot be attributed to the absence of contrails, a subject was debated in several previous studies. The present analysis suggests that the DTR is attributed to the change of low cloudiness.