A Curious Pacific Wave

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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.

Creator(s): Science@NASA
Location(s): South America
Creation Date: March 5, 2002
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UNT Libraries
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Environmental Policy Collection
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Science@NASA

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Publisher Name: NASA
Publisher Info: http://science.nasa.gov
Place of Publication: Washington, DC
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  • Creation: March 5, 2002
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South America
Date
2002  
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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4 p. : col. ill., maps

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Keyword(s): climate variability and change | meteorology | El Niño | Kelvin waves
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Resource Type: Text
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