Both the experimental and analysis work on which this paper is based were partially supported by grants from the Office of Naval Research as part of the Coastal Meteorology Accelerated Research Initiative. Without the dedicated efforts of ETL staff, including S. Abbott, D. Gottas, J. Jordan, C. King, J. Leach, C. Russell, and others, the unique profiler and RASS data used here would not have been available. Jennifer Miletta (PMEL/JISAO) graciously provided the SSM/I data and interpretations, and we are grateful to Sarah Haines (University of North Carolina) for processing the aircraft data. The LAX profiler/RASS were operated by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and were provided by K. Durkee (SCAQMD). Access to a real-time data display system (the DARE workstation) supported by NOAA’s Forecast Systems Laboratory aided research into this case. Nick Bond of the University of Washington/JISAO provided the digital data for the composite CTD used in Fig. 2. Substantive discussions with R. Rotunno, J. Klemp, and W. Skamarock of the National Center for Atmospheric Research concerning this event refined both the synoptic description and interpretations of the character of the perturbation. Reviews by Fred Sanders and an anonymous reviewer significantly improved the paper. Figures were expertly drafted by Jim Adams, and tables were prepared by Karen Martin.
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