Reply to "Comments on 'a Relationship between Reflectivity and Snow Rate for a High-Altitude S-band Radar"'
Before responding to Smith’s comment (Smith 2013), we want to state a point of view that was not explicit in our paper (Wolfe and Snider 2012). Like several previous investigators (e.g., Puhakka 1975; Matrosov 1992; Rasmussen et al. 2003), we take the view that a constant α in the relationship between radar reflectivity Zₑ and snow rate S (Zₑ = α Sᵝ) is not sufficient for capturing the range of conditions within snow-producing systems. Thus, we are not in agreement with Smith’s assertion that a valid Zₑ–S relationship must have an α that is independent of moments of the particle size distribution. ...
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