The authors are indebted to the National Science Foundation for its support to NCAR generally and to this series of studies specifically. David Ahijevych, Chris Davis, Arlene Laing, Changhai Liu, Mitch Moncrieff, Roy Rasmussen, and Stan Trier enriched the scholarly framework within which our work was conducted. The lead author is especially appreciative for the hospitality and support provided by Tom Keenan and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, where refuge was sought to temporarily escape the distractions of management responsibilities. Finally, we are appreciative of the constructive comments and suggestions provided by three anonymous reviewers.
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