Primary support for the research described in this paper came from NASA Grant NAG5-11044. We are grateful to Dr. Rachel T. Pinker for providing use of the UMD GEWEX/SRB model, to the AZMET program for allowing use of their data, to Efrat Morin for providing the sample radar data, to Dan Braithwaite for assistance in obtaining the required satellite datasets, and to three anonymous reviewers whose comments improved the quality of this manuscript. Thanks are also due to Corrie Thies for valuable editorial suggestions.
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