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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6113-6124, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-6113-2017
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Research article
17 May 2017
Enhanced stratospheric water vapor over the summertime continental United States and the role of overshooting convection
Robert L. Herman et al.
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AC1: 'Author's reply to referee 1 of acp-2016-1065', Robert Herman, 28 Jan 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
 
RC2: 'Review of “Enhanced Stratospheric Water Vapor over the Summertime Continental United States and the Role of Overshooting Convection” by Herman et al.', Anonymous Referee #2, 15 Jan 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
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AR by Robert Herman on behalf of the Authors (14 Mar 2017)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (17 Mar 2017) by Rolf Müller
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (22 Mar 2017)  
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (29 Mar 2017)  
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (30 Mar 2017) by Rolf Müller  
AR by Robert Herman on behalf of the Authors (09 Apr 2017)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (10 Apr 2017) by Rolf Müller  
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This study reports new aircraft field observations of elevated water vapor greater than 10 ppmv in the overworld stratosphere over the summertime continental US. Back trajectories from the flight track intersect overshooting convective tops within the previous 1 to 7 days, suggesting that ice is convectively and irreversibly transported to the stratosphere in the most energetic overshooting convective events. Satellite measurements (Aura MLS) indicate that such events are uncommon (< 1 %).
This study reports new aircraft field observations of elevated water vapor greater than 10 ppmv...
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