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Peter Vogel, Peter Knippertz, Andreas H. Fink, Andreas Schlueter, and Tilmann Gneiting

other datasets. We defined in total ten climatic regions with similar characteristics (see color shadings in Fig. 2a ). For the most frequent main climates Equatorial (A) and Arid (B), we added continental labels: Arid North (N) Africa, Tropical Africa, Arid South (S) Africa, Arid Americas (mostly Mexico, eastern Brazil, and areas near the Andes), Tropical Americas, Arid Asia (mostly southwestern Asia and parts of India), Tropical Asia (including the Maritime Continent and northern Australia), and

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Roderick van der Linden, Andreas H. Fink, Joaquim G. Pinto, and Tan Phan-Van

, northeastern Vietnam is also frequently affected by the rainbands that are associated with this front ( Xu et al. 2009 ). The South China Sea usually is the main moisture source, but sometimes moisture is also transported from the Bay of Bengal to the mei-yu front ( American Meteorological Society 2016 ). Other synoptic systems affecting the study region with copious rains are tropical cyclones (TCs) that originate in the northwest Pacific and enter the South China Sea. Although the TC season peaks in

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