We appreciate the constructive comments by the three anonymous reviewers. We thank Dr. Kevin Hodges for use of his TRACK software. The authors acknowledge the support of NOAA Climate Program Office Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections (MAPP) Program as part of the CMIP5 Task Force under Grant NA11OAR4310104, the DOE Office of Science through its Office of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and the National Sea Grant College Program of NOAA (NYSG R/RCP-17). We acknowledge the World Climate Research Programme's Working Group on Coupled Modeling, which is responsible for CMIP, and we thank the climate modeling groups (listed in Table 1 of this paper) for producing and making available their model output. For CMIP, the U.S. Department of Energy's Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison provides coordinating support and led development of software infrastructure in partnership with the Global Organization for Earth System Science Portals.
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