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NOVA's The Contrail Effect describes how contrails form and how humidity determines how long they last. The webpage goes on to describe the study during the days of clear skies, without contrails, following 9/11. Three satellite images of contrail patterns are provided.
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Restriction: © 2006 WGBH Educational Foundation
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Keywords: climate change, clouds, global warming, humidity, meteorology
Record Creator: Metadata instance created September 15, 2011 by Ed Lee
Record Updated: Aug 19, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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