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This brief article discusses about a massive swell of water that was buffeting South America. Kelvin waves are warm bumps in the Pacific Ocean, characterized by a gentle yet massive swell of warm water. Usually not much happens when a Kelvin wave arrives -- beach combers experience a bit of extra rain, perhaps, and slightly warmer surf. Nevertheless, scientists pay careful attention to them because these gentle waves occasionally herald something far more powerful: the next El Niño.

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Date Of Record Release 2010-05-10 13:22:42
Description This brief article discusses about a massive swell of water that was buffeting South America. Kelvin waves are warm bumps in the Pacific Ocean, characterized by a gentle yet massive swell of warm water. Usually not much happens when a Kelvin wave arrives -- beach combers experience a bit of extra rain, perhaps, and slightly warmer surf. Nevertheless, scientists pay careful attention to them because these gentle waves occasionally herald something far more powerful: the next El Niño.
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Source University of North Texas
Keyword Climate variability and change, Meteorology, El Niño, Kelvin waves
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Date Of Record Creation 2010-05-10 13:14:27
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Date Last Modified 2010-05-10 13:22:42
Creator Science@NASA
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2010-05-10 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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