As was expected, the mean relative humidity was largest at all levels when the cumulonimbus-type cloud existed, and was smallest at all levels when no cloud existed. The relative humidity was larger than that of a cloud-free case at middle- and low-level (low-level) when middle-cloud (low-cloud) existed. When cirrus cloud existed, the high level relative humidity was larger than that when low- and middle-cloud existed, and showed local maximum at 400-500 hPa.
This statistical relationship between cloud type and vertical relative humidity profile is applied to the VIRS and TMI data on TRMM. From VIRS data, we can claasify cloud types. From the coincident TMI data, we can estimate total precipitable water. With the constrain of the total precipitable water by TMI, the statistical relationship between cloud type and vertical relative humidity profile is used to estimate the vertical profile of relative humidity.