The observations used in this study were kindly provided by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). We would especially like to thank Henk Klein Baltink for providing the measurements made with the wind profiler at Cabauw, and Gerard van der Vliet for providing the observations made at the 200-m meteorological tower at Cabauw. Dr. Peter Bechtold and three unknown referees are acknowledged for critically reading the manuscript and their useful comments.
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