The authors would like to thank F. Wentz and D. Smith for helpful comments regarding the scatterometer bias and the effects of precipitation, and Z.-J. Yu for recognizing this effect in our wind fields. The TAO buoy program and data are maintained by the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in collaboration with institutions in Japan, France, and Taiwan. In particular, we appreciate the efforts of Paul Freitag from PMEL for providing quality data. Funding for this work was provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, through the NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT) Science Working Team, Contracts 960927 and 960731 with the University of Washington, and by NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.
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