Special thanks go to Nathaniel Troutman for maintaining and supporting the SRRF codebase. The anonymous reviewers provided much helpful feedback that strengthened the quality of this paper. Some of the computing for this project was performed at the University of Oklahoma Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER). This study was funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant NSF/IIS/0746816 and related REU Supplements NSF/IIS/0840956, NSF/IIS/0938138, and NSF/IIS/1036023 as well as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant 2011099434. The Oklahoma Mesonet is funded by the taxpayers of Oklahoma through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. NARR data were retrieved from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center.
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