Measurements of Cloud Condensation Nuclei in the Stratosphere Around the Plume of Mount St. Helens

Science  20 Feb 1981:
Vol. 211, Issue 4484, pp. 824-825
DOI: 10.1126/science.211.4484.824


Measurements of cloud condensation nuclei were made from small samples of stratospheric air taken from a U-2 aircraft at altitudes ranging from 13 to 19 kilometers. The measured concentrations of nuclei both in and outside the plume from the May and June 1980 eruptions of Mount St. Helens were higher than expected, ranging from about 100 to about 1000 per cubic centimeter active at 1 percent supersaturation.