The authors would like to express their thanks to several individuals for their contributions to the paper. Mr. Paul Meyer (NASA) provided valuable help with the accessing of the NLCD database and in the production of the tornado track shape files. Mr. Todd Berendes (UAH) provided data processing assistance with the EOS data. Mr. Jason Burks (NWS HUN) was instrumental in getting the initial MODIS and ASTER data into AWIPS and Mr. Chris Darden (NWS HUN) provided insight into the preparation of tornado damage surveys by the NWS. The authors would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their thorough review of the manuscript. Their comments and suggestions have led to a substantially improved version of the paper. This research was funded by the NASA Science Mission Directorate's Earth–Sun System Division in support of the Short-term Prediction and Research Transition (SPoRT) program at Marshall Space Flight Center.
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