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Susan Stillman, Xubin Zeng, and Michael G. Bosilovich

performed better in humid regions than in arid regions and overestimated light rainfall while underestimating moderate and heavy rainfall. Reanalyses combine model forecast with observations to provide globally continuous fields of the analyzed observations and other variables derived from the background model. While observationally driven, their ability to estimate physical processes, such as precipitation, depends on many factors, including observational coverage and model performance, and is

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

precipitation events is based on 6-hourly data of temperature, wind, and humidity from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) interim reanalysis (ERA-Interim, hereafter ERA-I; Dee et al. 2011 ). ERA-I covers the time period from 1979 to present with a horizontal resolution of 0.75° × 0.75° latitude–longitude and 60 vertical levels up to 0.1 hPa. The events will be assessed with regard to their anomalous total precipitable water (TPW) content with respect to the 1979–2014 period

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

(1931–1993) and applications to long-range temperature forecasts . J. Climate , 9 , 1350 – 1362 . Illston, B. G. , Basara J. B. , Fisher D. K. , Elliott R. , Fiebrich C. A. , Crawford K. C. , Humes K. , and Hunt E. , 2008 : Mesoscale monitoring of soil moisture across a statewide network . J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol. , 25 , 167 – 182 . Koster, R. D. , and Coauthors , 2004 : Regions of strong coupling between soil moisture and precipitation . Science , 305 , 1138 – 1140

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