Support for this research was provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pan American Climate Study Program Grant NA56GP0236. The authors would like to thank John E. Janowiak of the Climate Analysis Center/NWS/NOAA, Oswaldo Garcia of San Francisco State University, and Arnold Gruber and Lee Ranne of the NOAA/NESDIS for providing detailed NOAA polar orbit satellite information, as well as Michael B. Richman of the Department of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, for helpful discussions regarding rotated EOF analysis. The authors would also like to thank the two anonymous reviewers for providing many helpful suggestions that improved the presentation of the article, and Dr. Mark Morrissey for kindly providing a copy of Fig. 12. This study’s analysis greatly benefited from the use of the TeraScan software analysis system, a product of SeaSpace Corporation of San Diego.
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