Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1–22, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1–22, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1-2017

Review article 02 Jan 2017

Review article | 02 Jan 2017

Rain or snow: hydrologic processes, observations, prediction, and research needs

Adrian A. Harpold et al.

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (10 Nov 2016) by Jan Seibert
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (03 Dec 2016) by Jan Seibert
AR by Adrian Harpold on behalf of the Authors (06 Dec 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (08 Dec 2016) by Jan Seibert
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Short summary
The phase of precipitation as rain or snow is fundamental to hydrological processes and water resources. Despite its importance, the methods used to predict precipitation phase are inconsistent and often overly simplified. We review these methods and underlying mechanisms that control phase. We present a vision to meet important research gaps needed to improve prediction, including new field-based and remote measurements, validating new and existing methods, and expanding regional prediction.