This research was supported through the Consortium on Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), part of the NOAA RISA program and through the NSF Grant 0934516 titled “Reconstructing Climate from Tree Ring Data.” The authors thank Dr. Martin Tingley for his critical reviews that were very helpful in improving the analysis and presentation in the manuscript. The authors would also like to thank the other two anonymous reviewers whose valuable comments led to significant improvements in the manuscript.
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