This work was supported by the U.S. Office of Naval Research under Research Grant N00014-00-1-0288. We thank Chris Landsea for providing the best-track dataset, and we thank Sim Aberson and Chi-Sann Liou for providing access to the NWP track forecasts. We also extend our gratitude to Dr. Peter J. Lamb for his many constructive comments and suggestions, which greatly improved the structure and content of the manuscript. We finally thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments on the manuscript.
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