Special thanks are given to Michael Black and Sim Aberson for their assistance and comments on this research. We acknowledge NOAA/NESDIS for their support of the Ocean Winds Experiment and Hurricane Field Program, NOAA and ONR (Simon Chang) for supporting the CBLAST experiment, and the pilots and support crew of the NOAA-P3 and U.S. Air Force aircraft for their bravery and dedication to hurricane science and forecasting. Dropwindsonde data were processed by Krystal Valde, Bill Ramstrom, and Stephen Feuer. Numerical experiment in the appendix was performed by John Persing. Thanks also are given to Pete Black, Frank Marks, Kerry Emanuel, Roger Smith, and an anonymous reviewer for constructive comments. This research was funded in part by ONR Grant N00014-02-1-0474, and NSF Grants NSF-ATM-0132006, NSF-ATM-0101781, and NSF-ATM-0649946.
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