This work was supported by the Binational US–Israel Science Foundation (BSF) Grant 97-00448 and Israeli Ministry of Science Grants 6934-96 and 9470-98. ECMWF objective analysis data for 1200 UTC 1994 were used in the simulations. Initial processing of the data was performed at the Florida State University in the process of work on the BSF-supported project (Grant 92-00275). Adaptation of the FSU GSM model at Tel Aviv University (TAU) was performed as a part of the work on the project. Computations were performed on the Cray J932 computer, Israeli Inter-University Computing Center.
The authors thank R. Borshtein for his comments on the manuscript. We would also like to extend our gratitude to T. N. Krishnamurti for providing the FSU GSM model for adaptation at TAU. One of the authors (SK) thanks V. A. Gordin for the fruitful discussion. Finally, we appreciate the constructive remarks by the reviewers.
NCEP Reanalysis data provided by the NOAA–CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center, Boulder, Colorado, from their Web site at http://www.cdc.noaa.gov/, were used in the study.
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