Thanks to Brian Mapes and two anonymous reviewers for their thoughtful and constructive comments on the paper. We thank Randy Dole for his encouragement and support as director of the Climate Diagnostics Center. Thanks to Dennis H. McCarthy, Director of the NOAA/NWS Office of Climate, Weather, and Water Services, for supporting E. Berry’s temporary assignment to CDC to work on the paper. We also recognize Peter A. Browning, Chief of the NWS Central Region Headquarters Meteorological Sciences Division, for supporting additional travel to CDC to finish the final manuscript and Larry Ruthi, Meteorologist in Charge for the NWS Weather Forecast Office, for allowing E. Berry the time and support needed to complete this project.
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