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Richard H. Johnson, Paul E. Ciesielski, Brian D. McNoldy, Peter J. Rogers, and Richard K. Taft

reviews by Douglas et al. 1993 ; Adams and Comrie 1997 ; Higgins et al. 2003 ) and these features are critical for precipitation forecasting and water resource management in this part of North America. The purpose of this paper is to document the summer 2004 mean flow characteristics and multiscale variability over the NAME domain using data from the NAME sounding network. Particular attention will be given to the kinematic and thermodynamic properties, as well as the apparent heat and moisture

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Timothy J. Lang, David A. Ahijevych, Stephen W. Nesbitt, Richard E. Carbone, Steven A. Rutledge, and Robert Cifelli

context of the broader monsoon circulation. In particular, precipitation systems at these scales affect the surrounding environment through transports of heat, moisture, and momentum. The response of the large-scale circulation is sensitive to the vertical distribution of latent heating in convective and mesoscale complexes (e.g., Hartmann et al. 1984 ). Therefore, radar data are needed to characterize and examine the structure, kinematics, morphology, and diurnal cycle of individual precipitating

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