Retrieval of lower-order moments of the drop size distribution using CSU-CHILL X-band polarimetric radar: a case study

Viswanathan Bringi, Kumar Vijay Mishra, Merhala Thurai, Patrick C. Kennedy & Timothy H. Raupach
The lower-order moments of the drop size distribution (DSD) have generally been considered difficult to retrieve accurately from polarimetric radar data because these data are related to higher-order moments. For example, the 4.6th moment is associated with a specific differential phase and the 6th moment with reflectivity and ratio of high-order moments with differential reflectivity. Thus, conventionally, the emphasis has been to estimate rain rate (3.67th moment) or parameters of the exponential or gamma distribution...
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