The hourly precipitation data were obtained through the kind cooperation of John Vogel and Michael Yekta, Hydrometeorological Branch, Office of Hydrology, National Weather Service. Eric Volles, N’Gai Merrill, and Bambi Faivre, undergraduate students of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia, class of 1992, performed exploratory data analyses and coded a pre-prototype software that was used by the Weather Service Forecast Office in Pittsburgh between 1992 and 1994 to test the concept of the local climatic guidance. This article was completed while Roman Krzysztofowicz was on assignment with the National Weather Service, Eastern Region, under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement. Research leading to this article was supported by the National Weather Service, under the project “Development of a Prototype Probabilistic Forecasting System.” Leadership of Gary Carter in promoting this project and fostering a collaborative research environment within the Eastern Region is gratefully acknowledged.
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