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James H. Ruppert Jr. and Fuqing Zhang

; namely, their role in forcing and coupling with long-lived gravity waves. Among the most dominant drivers of weather variability in the MC is the Madden–Julian oscillation (MJO; Madden and Julian 1972 ). The MJO is a convectively coupled tropical wave that propagates slowly eastward (~5 m s −1 ) through the Indo-Pacific warm pool region, modulating deep overturning motion and moist convection on intraseasonal time scales ( Zhang 2005 ). Yet since the diurnal cycle is the primary rainfall mechanism

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