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Volkmar Wirth, Michael Riemer, Edmund K. M. Chang, and Olivia Martius

part of the analysis, thus precluding any straightforward automation. This motivated several recent initiatives to design computer-based algorithms, which allow one to automatically identify and track RWPs. The definition of such RWP objects finally makes explicit the idea that RWPs are meteorologically relevant entities. It opens new opportunities, like systematically screening reanalysis data and producing statistics regarding specific RWP properties such as their size, duration, and location of

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T. N. Krishnamurti

condensation heating and it follows the course of this maximum rainfall belt. The behavior of the monsoon overIndia is largely dictated by the differential heating between the principal region of rainfall and a net coolingin the surrounding regions. The location of the axis ofdifferential heating can usually be approximated fromthe regions of divergent inflows to the divergent outflows at the 200 mb surface. The mode of migrationof the region of heating from northern Burma in themonth of May to the

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