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1 Reply to the review reports Dear Edito r, uch for your tim ssion on this manuscript. We also thank e and discu Thank you very m uch for their constru ctiv e comm ent s. W e have revis ed th the referees very m e ingly. The replies are follows: manuscript accord The manusript is very dif ficult to r ead because of poor strutur e and grammar 1. . According to the refere e’s suggestion, we have Reply: checked the structure and ar and revised it. gramm 2. ee can not see a pr ope r citation of their work. Refer Reply: ethod is Sure, the idea that we used m derive the art icle tha t Mishra et from and including the reference in 319 line. al(20 09) 3. the figur e do not have all th e information r equir ed to easily follw discussion.. Reply: on, we have change the figure 1 and According to the referee’s suggesti portant m identity im ountains and basins. Refer ee is very inter esting the str ong corr ection between mean entr opy and PCI and 4. this can be conclusion. Reply: Thanks for the referee’s suggestion, W e have add this to conclusion. 5. What does “point of tr end” mean? Reply: Tha nks for the referee ’s co mments, “ point of tr end” may be “change point of tr end We have revised the “m utation of ”, it is meanning than trend turned. trend” so that understand it easily. 6. What is the added value of having the en tropy-based variability if the mean rainfall distribution is alr eady known? Reply: Thanks for the referee’s co mments, the value is calculated usin g the Eq(2), and interpolated da ta used kriging. 1

2 7. Refer anation about how the pr obab ilities for the entr opy ee missed the expl e extimat ed. Refer resume tha t these p reoba bilitie s wer e estimated a s calculation ar ee p equ a particula ence of rainfall even ts in elative fr r month over the r ency of the occurr , then these pr obabiliti es ar e based on binary the complete set of years. If this corr ect and ther . Am I right? time series(event /no event) efore n=2 in Eq(1) Sure, because en tropy m ethod is derive from infor mation theo ry. Reply: 8. PCI<20 indicates significant seasonality in In section 3.4 it is stated that a value of monthly variability otherwise. How do precipitation distrubution and extraordinary the authors come up with this vallue of 20 to define this threshold? the threshold is given by Olive(1980). Thanks for the referee’s comments, Reply: ence: Refer Oliver J.E. 1980. Monthly pr ecipitation di stribution: a comparative index. The , 32(3) : 300-309. Professional Geographer 9. Eq(1) , Eq(2) and Eq(3 ). Form the text, I found confuing the use of the variable n in . For I presume that in Eq(1), n=2=number of occurrence states (event /no event) Eq(2) , and forEq(3) , n= number of r ecor ds. If I am , n=number of years, and for Eq(3) corr ect, I suggest using dif ferent variables , if not, a better expl anation is needed. Reply: you are right, and we have given explanation that used in m anuscript. Table 1 does not inclde nuits and its caption is not nuderstandable. 10. Thanks for the referee’s comments, the entropy is no unit. Reply: t is not clear what the colour bar scale represents in F ig 1. 11. I Thanks for the referee ’s co mments, it repres ent th e el Reply: evation of study area. 12. a linear interpolati on of the annual mean How Fig 2 was obtained? It seems to be not explicitly stated, ne ither its units(mm) . precipitation of the 54 station, but this is Thanks for the referee ’s c omm ents , it was obtained by using inverse Reply: distan ce weighted. 13. ation IDs are provided in F ig 1. Figures 5 and 6 make sense only if the st Yes, only these stations data se. Reply: can be used to analy Figure9 is presented to di scuss the “change point text” 14. but no description is given about what is u(t ) and u’(t ). Section 3.5 expla ins only what the dashe d horizontal lines are. Reply: he referee’s comment s, we have gi ven t he explains in revised Thanks for t manuscript. 14. Tarim, Turpan and Hami are basin names that are mentioned in the text but there is no map where the reader can see where they are located.. Reply: Thanks for t he referee’s comment s, we have identified these basins nam es 2

3 in Fig 1. Some authors are listed but not ed in the tex t. 15. referenc Reply: mments, we have check ed the reference and Thanks for the referee’s co revised. 16. There are a lot of typos along the manuscript. Reply: mments, we have check the m anuscript and Thanks for the referee’s co revised the typos to im prove its quality. Thank you in advance for your tim e and consideration. Yours sincerely, Chuan-cheng Zhao 3

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