Effects of Nuclear Weapons by S. Glasstone, P. Dolan [website capture]

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I [ ! -! 4~. --' Condensation cloud formed in an air burst over water. I '{;\'O "'"'"' ~t c ' :,. '? 50. ~ ~~i,",,6;,is i Late stage of t~e condensation cloud in an air burst over water. :~ft~ - DESCRIPTION OF HIGH-ALTITUDE BURSTS time the temperatu~ehas dropped to that required for condensation to occur, the blast wave front has moved still farther away, as is apparent in Fig. 49, where the disk-like formation on the surface of the water indicates the passage of the shock wave. 50 The relatively high humidity of the air makes the conditions for the formation of the condensation cloud most favorable in nuclear explosions occurring over (or under) water, as in the Bikini tests in 1946.

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50 The relatively high humidity of the air makes the conditions for the formation of the condensation cloud most favorable in nuclear explosions occurring over (or under) water, as in the Bikini tests in 1946. The cloud commenced to form 1 to 2 seconds after the detonation, and it had dispersed completely within another second or so, as the air warmed up and the water droplets evaporated. The original dome-like cloud first changed to a ring shape, as seen in Fig. 50, and then disappeared. 51 Since the Wilson condensation cloud forms after the fireball has emitted most of its thermal radiation, it has little influence on this radiation.

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