The authors are indebted to Dr. L. Chiu for the discussion on rain-rate statistics, Dr. P. J. Sheu for applying an EOF analysis to the rain-rate data, and Dr. X. Li for carrying out the final EOF analysis. Special thanks to Mr. Xin Lin and Dr. Richard Johnson who provided their wind analysis to us although we carried out an independent analysis for the current work. We greatly appreciate Dr. Robert Weller and Dr. Steve Anderson of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for providing the IMET surface measurements to us. This work was supported jointly by the NASA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, the NASA Earth Observing System Interdisciplinary Investigation, and NSF Grant ATM9413293.
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