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Ronald Gelaro, Rolf H. Langland, Simon Pellerin, and Ricardo Todling

spatial pattern of observation impacts shows that all forecast systems make effective use of AMSU-A radiances over the North Pacific and broad areas of the Southern Ocean, but that all show significant nonbeneficial impact from these observations over the Himalayan plateau and northern Canada. The latter may point to a general deficiency in the use of microwave radiances over specific (snow or ice covered) surface types. Other results point to strengths and weaknesses in individual forecast systems

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