Primary support for this study came from NASA Grant NAG5-7554. Special thanks are extended to Robert Maddox and Steve Mullen for their critical review of this work, George Bryan for sharing his code to convert MM5 data into GrADS readable format, Wei Wang and the MM5 User Support personnel at NCAR for answering many questions regarding the model, Art Douglas for sharing his archive precipitation data from Mexico, and to three anonymous reviewers whose insightful comments greatly improved the quality of this manuscript. We also thank Corrie Thies for helping with textual corrections.
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