Cutbacks in Japan Mean Fewer El Nino-Watching Buoys in PacificBy
About half the buoys Japan maintained have been shut down
More cuts are planned for 2017, as world waits for La Nina
The lens the world uses to watch for El Ninos has become a bit fuzzier after Japan cut by about half the number of buoys in the western Pacific that monitor changes in the ocean. It will take another four to five offline next year.
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