The authors thank the members of three teams in EMC involved in the hurricane forecast system development in different aspects: L. Liu from the Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch; Y. Kwon, S. Trahan, Z. Zhang, and J. O’Connor of the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting model group; and Q. Liu of the Global Climate and Weather Branch. We also thank E. Uhlhorn of the Hurricane Research Division for the useful information on AXBT quality, data collection, and processing; and L. Shay and M. Patrick of RSMAS/UM for the additional data collection and for providing quality-controlled AXBT data. Finally, we would like to express special gratitude to three reviewers for their involvement in improving the manuscript.
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