The authors would like to acknowledge the staffs at NHC, JTWC, and the ship routers at the Naval Maritime Forecast Centers for suggestions, evaluations, and moral support. Special thanks are extended to Chris Landsea for his careful reading of this manuscript and for his efforts within the JHT. Thanks to Chris Sisko, Chris Lauer, Hugh Cobb, Scott Stripling, and the rest of the TAFB unit at NHC for technical expertise and feedback. Thanks are extended to John Cook, Jim Hansen, Ted Tsui, and Simon Chang for their efforts to get operationally oriented projects like this funded. Thanks to Mike Fiorino, Chuck Skupniewicz, Ann Schrader, Mike Frost, and Glenn Nelson for their contributions. The manuscript is funded by the Office of Naval Research, and the support and advocacy of Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, is greatly appreciated. The views, opinions, and findings contained in this report are those of the authors and should not be construed as an official U.S. government position, policy, or decision.
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Throughout this manuscript we use imperial units vice SI units because the application is designed for use in U.S. maritime operations, which is still in the habit of using imperial units.