Weather Tidbits: Distrail

We find out the counterpart to the contrail in this Weather Tidbits, with the distrail. A distrail or dissipation trail is when an aircraft passes through a cloud and disperses the cloud in its path. It forms from the warm engine exhaust evaporating existing water droplets. A distrail commonly shows in altocumulus clouds, as the aircraft is not in cruising altitude.

 

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