The review comment by Gee et al. (2006) presents examples of failures in ET covers at different semiarid sites having design attributes similar to those described in our paper; however, it fails to point out the differences in seasonal precipitation patterns. Precipitation in the examples given throughout their comment (Ogden, UT; Altamont and Marina, CA) occurs primarily in the winter, when vegetation is dormant, whereas precipitation at the New Mexico and Texas sites evaluated in our study occurs primarily in the summer, when vegetation is active and ET is high. For example, 90% of precipitation occurs in winter (November–April) at...

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