Comments by Prof. H. Bluestein are much appreciated. The comments of Dr. Pedro Silva Dias and an anonymous reviewer helped clarify several aspects of the article; to them, our sincere thanks. Thanks also to R. Garreaud, who provided the convective cloud frequency climatic data, and to P. Aceituno, C. Nobre, G. Sampaio, M. Marino, M. Caffera, and M. Bidegain, who made available the observed precipitation. Credit should also go to E. Rogers, F. Mesinger, M. Baldwin, and K. Mitchell who gave support with the Eta Model. Finally, our thanks to G. Huffman and E. Nelkin, who provided NASA’s GPROF4.0 dataset. This work was partially supported by NOAA Grants NA76GP0479 (PACS) and NA76GP0291 (GCIP).
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