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Song Yang, Kwo-Sen Kuo, and Eric A. Smith

properties so that the mechanisms of the diurnal cycle can be better explained physically. Modelers would then have a better quantitative basis from which to refine model processes that control the diurnal variability of precipitation. Yang and Smith (2008) describe the seasonal climatology of the diurnal cycle at global scales, its seasonal variability, and the contrasting behaviors of convective and stratiform components, and demonstrate that the secondary diurnal mode is largely modulated by the

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Song Yang and Eric A. Smith

stratiform categories is an important scientific distinction, recognizing that this capability has only been made possible by the availability of PR space radar measurements whose detailed vertical reflectivity structures reveal distinct profile slope properties that are closely associated with either convective or stratiform environments ( Haddad et al. 1997 ; Iguchi et al. 2000 ). Another important phenomenon vis-à-vis precipitation processes is diurnal variability ( Yang and Smith 2006 ). With the

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