The authors acknowledge the helpful comments by and interactions with the three reviewers of this manuscript. We also thank Dr. Pete Robertson and Mr. Ron Suggs for their inspiration and useful comments on this research. The analysis of daily GOES data for this period was possible only as a result of the availability of the GOES Pathfinder dataset, produced by the University of Wisconsin with funding from NASA. Continued efforts to make large amounts of operational geostationary satellite data available for research will be of great benefit to the climate community. Portions of this research were funded by NASA’s Office of Earth Sciences and NOAA’s GOES I/M Product Assurance Project. The faithful support of this research through these programs by Drs. Ramesh Kakar, James Dodge, and James Purdom is sincerely appreciated.
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