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Research article
04 Feb 2021
Research article |  | 04 Feb 2021

What millimeter-wavelength radar reflectivity reveals about snowfall: an information-centric analysis

Norman B. Wood and Tristan S. L'Ecuyer

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Although millimeter-wavelength radar reflectivity observations are used to investigate snowfall properties, their ability to constrain specific properties has not been well-quantified. An information-focused retrieval method shows how well snowfall properties, including rate and size distribution, are constrained by reflectivity. Sources of uncertainty in snowfall rate are dominated by uncertainties in the retrieved size distribution properties rather than by other retrieval assumptions.