This work was supported by the Office of Naval Research (Grant N00014-98-1-0158) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (Grant NA76RG0463). Special thanks are offered to the family of Elsie and William Knight for the fellowship endowment that helped to support J. I. Virmani. Field work and computing support was provided by Ocean Circulation Group members: Messrs. R. Cole, J. Donovan, C. Merz, and P. Smith, and discussions with R. He, R. Helber, and Y. Liu proved helpful. Mooring work was conducted with the help of the crew of the R/V Suncoaster. NCEP reanalysis data were obtained from the NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center, Boulder, CO (http://www.cdc.noaa.gov/). The authors would like to thank the reviewers for their constructive comments.
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