Articles | Volume 21, issue 23
Research article
03 Dec 2021
Research article |  | 03 Dec 2021

Intercomparison of middle atmospheric meteorological analyses for the Northern Hemisphere winter 2009–2010

John P. McCormack, V. Lynn Harvey, Cora E. Randall, Nicholas Pedatella, Dai Koshin, Kaoru Sato, Lawrence Coy, Shingo Watanabe, Fabrizio Sassi, and Laura A. Holt

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