We thank the two reviewers for reading our manuscript and for making helpful comments and suggestions. This work was initiated as part of the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses program (www.amma-international.org) when Stephanie Leroux was based at the Laboratoire d’Étude des Transferts en Hydrology et Environnement, Université de Grenoble, France. The last part of the work was achieved at the Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA, Boulder, Colorado, where Stephanie Leroux was funded by a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship.
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