We wish to thank three anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments, and Chris Velden for kindly providing the AMSU measurements associated with Hurricane Wilma (i.e., Figs. 2a,b) that have helped strengthen the presentation of our modeling results. The model integration was completed on NOAA’s NJET supercomputer through the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program. This work was supported by NASA Grants 1284085 and NNX12AJ78G, and NSF Grant ATM0758609.
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