We are very grateful to the scientific and technical staff of the Canadian Regional Climate Model Group (CRCM) at UQAM for their assistance, and to Mr. Claude Desrochers for maintaining an efficient computing environment for the CRCM group. In addition, we are indebted to the Consortium Ouranos for the facilities and work environment it provided. The first author would particularly like to thank the fruitful discussions with Jillian Tomm and with Drs. Martin Charron, Pascale Martineu, and Arturo Quintanar. In the same way, comments and suggestions by Prof. David B. Stephenson during his stay in our institution were greatly appreciated. The feedback obtained as a consequence of the peer-review process has proven to be invaluable; the comments of the editor of this journal, Dr. David Schultz; four anonymous reviewers; and Dr. Tom Hamill were instrumental in stimulating the authors and helping to focus the scope of this work. This work has been financially supported by Canadian NSERC, through a strategic grant to the Climate Variability (CliVar) Network.
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