The authors wish to thank their colleagues Chris Kummerow, Jeff Haferman, Ye Hong, Wei-Kuo Tao, Steve Lang, Yansen Wang, Brad Ferrier, Jeff Halverson, and Dan Johnson for their significant contributions to the latent heating retrieval algorithm development. Studies of convective–stratiform rain classification were enhanced by helpful discussions with Matthias Steiner of Princeton University. Giulia Panegrossi of the Instituto di Fisica dell’Atmosfera/CNR kindly provided the UW-NMS model simulations. The authors would also like to thank Dr. Robert Adler for providing support and valuable comments.
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