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Tammy M. Weckwerth, Kristy J. Weber, David D. Turner, and Scott M. Spuler

during its ascent. These soundings are launched operationally worldwide but typically only twice a day (normally at 0000 and 1200 UTC) per site and the sites are separated by hundreds of kilometers. They are often not representative of the mesoscale environment needed for improving forecasts of thunderstorms. Satellite retrievals provide global coverage but have poor vertical resolution and limited temporal resolution. Furthermore, satellites commonly use infrared spectral methods to derive water

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