We thank the two anonymous reviewers for their comments and constructive suggestions. We acknowledge LLNL/PCMDI for making the AMIP GCM results available and NCAR for the CCM3 and CSM simulations. We thank Drs. Kenneth Sperber, Song Yang, and Jeff Lee for their valuable comments and suggestions. This research is supported by two grants (to SUNYA) from the Office of Biological and Environmental Sciences of the Department of Energy and the Climate Dynamics Section of the National Science Foundation.
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