Differences between east and west Pacific rainfall systems

  title={Differences between east and west Pacific rainfall systems},
  author={Wesley K. Berg and Christian D. Kummerow and Carlos Morales},
  journal={Journal of Climate},
A comparison of the structure of precipitation systems between selected east and west Pacific regions along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is made using a combination of satellite observations including vertical profile retrievals from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission’s (TRMM’s) Precipitation Radar. The comparison focuses on the period from December 1999 to February 2000, which was chosen due to large discrepancies in satellite infrared and passive microwave rainfall… 

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