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Tammy M. Weckwerth, Kristy J. Weber, David D. Turner, and Scott M. Spuler

1. Introduction There is a long-standing and certain need for improved atmospheric moisture measurements within and just above the atmospheric boundary layer (BL; defined here to be the lowest 2–3 km above the earth’s surface). Several recent National Research Council (NRC) reports highlighted the requirement for improved moisture and wind measurements in the BL as a necessary step toward improving numerical weather prediction (NWP) and quantitative precipitation forecasting (QPF) skill ( NRC

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