The simulations were performed using the facilities of the Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum. M. Rieck thanks Thijs Heus and Irina Sandu for their technical help with the large-eddy simulation. B. Stevens thanks Sandrine Bony for the initial suggestion to look into these questions. Cathy Hohenegger and Robert Pincus are thanked for their critical comments on an earlier version of this manuscript, and C. Bretherton’s insightful comments motivated us to reconsider the role of humidity in regulating the static stability. The presentation also benefited from constructive comments by two anonymous reviewers. The NCL group at NCAR is thanked for their support of a high-quality open source graphics language designed explicitly for use with climate and atmospheric data. This research was made possible through the support of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science.
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