Making con(densation) trails!!
Adjust the environment by dragging the Big Red Dot around
to set the temperature and humidity of the
environment. Click on Fly button to start the plane moving. You can
change the atmospheric conditions while the plane is flying!
You have control over three aspects:
- The degree of supersaturation (the amount of the red line that falls
to the right of the saturation vapor pressure curve) impacts the
density of the contrail.
- The relative humidity impacts the rate of dissipation of the contrail
- The wind speed by adjusting the temperature (there is a maximum wind, like a jet core, around -45C) impacts the rate of spreading of the contrail.
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