This research is a part of the Convection Morphology Parameter Space Study (COMPASS), which is supported by Grant ATM-0126408 from the National Science Foundation, under the supervision of Dr. Stephan Nelson. We also thank the anonymous reviewers for their many insightful comments on this manuscript. We are also grateful to Kerry Emanuel and Nilton Renno, whose CAPE programs were made available to us for the purpose of verification of our software. (For additional information on the COMPASS study, see our Web site online at http://space.hsv.usra.edu/COMPASS.) The COMPASS numerical simulations were conducted on the Matrix linux cluster at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). We also acknowledge programming support from Jayanthi Srikishen of USRA Huntsville, and computer system support from Scott Podgorny, UAH, throughout this project.
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