Support was provided from the Water Information Research and Development Alliance (WIRADA) Project 4.2 “Improved climate predictions at hydrologically-relevant time and space scales from the POAMA seasonal climate forecasts” and from the South Eastern Australia Climate Initiative (http://www.seaci.org). ENSEMBLES was funded by the EU FP6 Integrated Project ENSEMBLES (505539), whose support is gratefully acknowledged. We also thank the reviewers for their constructive comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.
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