We acknowledge the use of the E-OBS dataset provided by the EU-FP6 project ENSEMBLES (http://ensembles-eu.metoffice.com), and the data providers in the ECA&D project (http://eca.knmi.nl). The GPCP1DD data were provided by the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Laboratory for Atmospheres, which develops and computes the GPCP1DD as a contribution to the GEWEX Global Precipitation Climatology Project. Software used within this study partly builds upon pieces of code provided by Elisabeth Ebert (http://www.cawcr.gov.au/staff/eee/). This study was partly supported by the projects 14.B25.31.0026 and 8338 funded by Russian Ministry of Education and Science and by the RFBR project 13-05-00930. Thanks go to DWD for funding a visit of M. Lockhoff at NASA/GSFC during which part of the work presented here was carried out and to George J. Huffman for enabling this stay as well as for valuable discussions and feedback. We also acknowledge three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions.
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