The authors thank Dr. K. Bergman of NASA HQ for funding our research. Thanks are also due to both anonymous reviewers whose comments compelled us to examine the simulation beyond the first 2-yr integration used in the original manuscript. The authors are grateful to Dr. W. K.-M. Lau for encouraging this study even though it was not in the work plan. Thanks are also due to Dr. C.-H. Sui for performing and providing the calculation with the TOGA COARE observations. We had useful discussions with our colleagues Drs. R. Atlas, M. J. Suarez, and Steve Bloom on the subject.
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