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Bin Guan, Duane E. Waliser, and F. Martin Ralph

individual AR transports horizontally roughly 5 × 10 8 kg s −1 of water (as vapor), which is comparable to 27 times the discharge of water (as liquid) by the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico. However, because the study had “only” 21 cases, a question remained as to how representative these cases are of ARs more globally. The current study takes advantage of this unprecedented set of airborne observations by conducting an intercomparison of key AR characteristics calculated from the dropsonde

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