The authors express profound gratitude to Nicole McGavock, Barbara Mayes-Boustead, Clinton Rockey, Michael Churma, Kenneth Sperow, James Zdrojewski, and other NWS local-offices staff for providing field input during LCAT development. Our sincere appreciation goes to Tim McCalmant and other Orion staff who worked on developing the LCAT online interface, Robert Livezey for scientific advice throughout the work on this project, and Catherine Smith for help with the ESRL correlation tool. We are grateful to David Unger, Mike Halpert, Michelle L’Heureux, Anthony Arguez, Russell Vose, Bob Glahn, Wayne Higgins, Huug van den Dool, Mark Svoboda, Tim Brown, Muthuvel Chelliah, Jerry Bell, Derek Arndt, and other SAT members, who provided operational insight and scientific expertise. We are thankful for operational updates in NCDC homogenized datasets provided by Matthew Menne and Claude Williams. Support provided by Roger Pulwarty and David Herring helped to implement LCAT's drought and decision-support components The authors thank the NOAA Climate Program Office, CPC, NCDC, and Meteorological Development Laboratory for continuous support during LCAT development. We are also very thankful to the BAMS reviewers for valuable suggestions and critique that led to improvements in the paper.
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