We will miss the enthusiasm, charm and wisdom of our soaring and scientific friend Joachim Kuettner (1909–2011) who brought the two of us together and provided the organizational spark for T-REX. He also served as a role model for LA’s soaring and research flights. This study would not have been possible without the careful planning and flying of the University of Wyoming King Air operations group. As mission scientist, LA is particularly thankful for their willingness and ability to carry out these turbulent flights close to the eastern Sierra Nevada slope. We thank Stephen Mobbs and Ralph Burton and their team from the Institute for Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds, for the automatic weather station data funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), U.K. Access to the ECMWF data was provided through the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, Austria. The car measurements and GM’s participation in T-REX were funded by Austrian Science Foundation Grant P18940-N10. Writing of the manuscript was supported by the Alpine Research Centre Obergurgl of the University of Innsbruck. LA’s participation was partly funded by The University of California and by Lucky Larry’s Auto Repair. Publication costs were provided by the Office of Naval Research Physical Oceanography (Salty Meteorology) Program under Grant N00014-09-1-0345. We thank the anonymous reviewers, Jody Klymak, and the editor for their careful reviews of the manuscript.
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