G. Krahmann and M. Visbeck acknowledge support from NOAA under Grant NA86GP0301. G. Krahmann also obtained funding for a one year postdoctoral fellowship at LODYC, Paris, from the EEC Millennia Project ENV4-CT95 0101. G. Reverdin received support from PNEDC. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its subagencies.
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