We would like to express our gratitude to the support brought by the whole Meso-NH team and more especially to Drs. P. Jabouille, J. Stein, J. P. Pinty, V. Ducrocq, and Ms. J. Duron, at a time when the model Meso-NH was still under development. Pertinent comments and annotations of the manuscript by Drs. M. Moncrieff and S. Trier have been appreciated. The authors also thank N. Badrinath of McGill University for his helpful comments on the manuscript. This work at CETP and CNRM/GAME has been partly funded by the PATOM program of CNRS.
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