TRMM Radar Observations of Shallow Precipitation over the Tropical Oceans

  title={TRMM Radar Observations of Shallow Precipitation over the Tropical Oceans},
  author={David A. Short and Kenji Nakamura},
  journal={Journal of Climate},
Abstract Observations from the precipitation radar aboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite provide the first opportunity to map vertical structure properties of rain over the entire Tropics and subtropics. Storm height histograms reveal a distinct bimodal distribution over the oceans with the lowest mode near 2 km and the upper mode at 5 km. The low mode is the dominant feature over regions previously associated with precipitating marine stratocumulus/stratus and trade wind… 

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