We would like to acknowledge funding from the NOAA North American Monsoon Experiment (NAME) and Soil Moisture Experiment 2004 (SMEX04), as well as the NSF EPSCOR program. We are grateful to Tom Yoksas of Unidata User Support, UCAR/Unidata Program Center, for his relentless technical advice on the McIDAS software that was used for processing GOES-IR data. We thank the anonymous reviewers whose comments improved the quality of this paper.
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