This work was largely accomplished when the first author (RDF) was in the Research Experimental for Undergraduates (REU) at the Oklahoma Weather Center during the summer of 1998. Major funding for the REU program was provided by the National Science Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the NSSL, the Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms, the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, and the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. We thank the National Center for Atmospheric Research/Data Support Services Division for providing the surface data, and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts for providing the reanalysis data, upon which the results of this study are largely based. We are also grateful for the computer graphics provided by Joan O’Bannon of NSSL.
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