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Thomas Engel, Andreas H. Fink, Peter Knippertz, Gregor Pante, and Jan Bliefernicht

characteristics and hitherto poorly documented atmospheric dynamics of these events. Only the Ouagadougou rainfall event is briefly discussed in Cornforth et al. (2017) as an example of an African easterly wave (AEW) breaking event, and a synoptic overview is given in Galvin (2010) . The paper is structured as follows. Section 2 gives a detailed description of the gauge, satellite, and reanalysis data used in this study, including their advantages and limitations. Section 3 describes the methods to

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Peter J. Lamb, Diane H. Portis, and Abraham Zangvil

1. Introduction Central to atmospheric behavior on a range of space and time scales is the relative importance of horizontal water vapor advection versus the vertical moisture flux from the earth’s land and ocean surfaces. At the small-scale extreme, the interaction of these moisture sources and their associated thermodynamic and dynamic processes contributes to the development of shallow cumulus clouds (e.g., Krishnamurti et al. 1980 ; Rabin et al. 1990 ; Chen and Avissar 1994 ; Berg and

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