The authors are grateful for the support this research received from the National Science Foundation (ATM-0842618) and the Risk Prediction Initiative of the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Studies. It has also benefited from discussions with and feedback from Chris Landsea and Todd Kimberlain of the National Hurricane Center, as well as from the suggestions of the three anonymous reviewers. The authors are appreciative of Gil Compo, Jeff Whitaker, and NOAA/CIRES for the development and availability of the Twentieth-Century Reanalysis products. Support for the Twentieth-Century Reanalysis Project dataset is provided by the Department of Energy, Office of Science Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (DOE INCITE) program, the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), and by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Program Office. Finally, we thank the Young Scholars Program of The Florida State University for providing our group a talented guest researcher for the summer of 2012.
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