The study started under CNR Grant 970080PF42 and Contract NAS-5-32484. It was then supported by the Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca in Monitoraggio Ambientale, Genoa, Italy, under a cooperative agreement for the improvement of precipitation forecasts in the western Mediterranean region. We deeply thank Dr. J. C. Jusem for his encouragement and suggestions. We also wish to thank Drs. P. Alpert and L. Bosart for helpful comments. The NOAA satellite imagery is a courtesy of the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, Scotland. The Meteosat images (courtesy EUMETSAT) are provided by the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Precipitation data from Calabria were kindly provided by Dr. Niccoli from the Ufficio Idrografico e Mareografico di Catanzaro, Dipartimento dei Servizi Tecnici Nazionali, Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri. We thank J. Ardizzone, L. Ferraris, and J. Terry for their aid in acquiring data. We also thank three anonymous reviewers for helpful comments.
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