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Gang Zhang, Kerry H. Cook, and Edward K. Vizy

and the life cycle of mesoscale convective systems (MCSs). NASA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM; Huffman et al. 2007 ) satellite observations have enabled a number of studies of the diurnal cycle over West Africa. Nesbitt and Zipser (2003) examined TRMM Precipitation Radar and Microwave Imager data for 1998–2001 and suggest that, over tropical land, rainfall associated with MCSs has a late evening peak while the intensity of MCSs is greatest in the late afternoon. The peak in non

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