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El Niño under close scrutinies

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As all turbulents children, El Niño is under close monitoring. Several eyes are fixed on it: satellites and in-situ observation instruments are deployed to follow its every "move". Far from being redundants, each bring its own point of view to this monitoring, in order to have the best and earliest forecasting possible.
This year, after some forewarning signs in January and February, followed by a respite, El Niño really started at the end of May-beginning of June. Alert was given, and its amplitude estimated "weak to moderate" in July, more like "moderate" since September. Monitoring continues to keep this child under close scrutinies.

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