The authors thank Dr. Simon Chang for his helpful insight and discussions that assisted in the production of this paper. The authors would also like to thank Dr. Fredrick Semazzi and Richard Anyah for their assistance with the Regional Climate Model. Satellite data were obtained from the Meteorological Archiving and Retrieval Facility of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) based in Darmstadt, Germany. The EOM datasets were obtained directly from the Meteorological Applications Section of the Operations Department of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) based in Reading, United Kingdom. NCEP reanalysis data were obtained from the Climate Diagnostics Center of NOAA. The research presented herein is supported by the Office of Naval Research under Grant N00014-02-1-0674.
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