This work was supported by European Commission/Information Science and Technology (Contract EN-4003) and by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (Excellence in Research Centers—MIS64563). The Hellenic National Meteorological Service and the Hellenic National Center of Marine Research are kindly acknowledged for providing the observed precipitation and wind data used in this study. The authors are also grateful to NCEP for providing AVN initial and forecast field data, which allowed the operational use of the meteorological model at NOA. Special thanks are given to the three anonymous reviewers of this paper. Prof. D. Lalas (National Observatory of Athens) is also acknowledged for fruitful discussions.
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