Primary support for the preparation of this paper came from NASA Project NAG8-1531. Additional support came from NASA-EOS Interdisciplinary Science Project OSS A-A/88. The GOES-7 and ground data were gathered as part of research supported by the European Community under Contracts CI1*-CT91-0900 and CI1*-CT94-0059. In addition, J. Garatuza received support under a CONACYT Fellowship. The work of R. T. Pinker was supported under NOAA Grant NA86GOP202 and NASA Grant NAG56667. We are happy to acknowledge the NASA Langley DAAC for allowing access to the ISCCP data. The editorial assistance provided by Corrie Thies is much appreciated.
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