The author would like to thank J. Mahlman for his continuous support of the Hurricane Dynamics Project at GFDL. He would also like to express his appreciation to Yoshio Kurihara, Robert E. Tuleya, Chun-Chieh Wu, Russ Elsberry, and Isidoro Orlanski for their comments and criticisms on earlier versions of this manuscript, and to Robert E. Tuleya for his useful discussions with the author. Special appreciation is given to Yoshio Kurihara for his many comments and suggestions made to the author throughout this study. Finally, special thanks and credit are given to J. Varanyak and C. Raphael for preparing the figures.
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