The authors thank Dr. Anantha Aiyyer, Dr. Gary Lackmann, and Dr. Conrad Ziegler for their input and valuable discussions pertaining to this study. We additionally thank members of the Convective Storms Group at NC State University for their comments on this manuscript. Two anonymous reviewers provided thoughtful insights that have improved this study. Dr. George Bryan is also acknowledged for providing and supporting the model used for this study, CM1. Funding for this research was provided by the National Science Foundation under Grants AGS-0758509 and AGS-1156123. Distribution A, is approved for public release, with distribution unlimited.
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