This research was performed with support from NASA (NAGW3009) and salary support to P. Cornillon from the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Support was also provided to K. Casey during the revision process by the Universities Space Research Association. The satellite data processing software was developed by R. Evans, O. Brown, J. Brown, and A. Li of the University of Miami. Their continued support is gratefully acknowledged. The Pathfinder data were obtained from the NASA Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Steve Worley of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Data Support Section provided the COADS data and the Reynolds and GOSTA climatologies. His assistance is greatly appreciated. John Merrill of URI/GSO was also instrumental in obtaining the COADS data. We also thank David Parker of the U.K. Meteorological Office for permission to use the GISST climatology.
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