The authors thank two anonymous reviewers for useful comments that helped to improve the manuscript substantially. This work is supported financially by the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) award (NNX11AP84H). Additional support for this study is also provided by the NASA Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM) Grant NNX10AE28G, NASA New Investigator Program (NIP) award (NNX10AG55G), and NASA Hurricane Science Research Program (HSRP) Grant NNX10AG34G. Specifically, the authors thank Drs. Ramesh Kakar and Ming-Ying Wei (NASA headquarters) for their continued support of TRMM and hurricane sciences.
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