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Adv. Stat. Clim. Meteorol. Oceanogr., 8, 31–62, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/ascmo-8-31-2022
Adv. Stat. Clim. Meteorol. Oceanogr., 8, 31–62, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/ascmo-8-31-2022
 
15 Mar 2022
15 Mar 2022

Spatial heterogeneity in rain-bearing winds, seasonality and rainfall variability in southern Africa's winter rainfall zone

Willem Stefaan Conradie et al.

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