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After three years of severe drought, California water managers hoping for significant rainfall during the coming winter are unlikely to get the relief they seek from El Niño, a disruption in the normal weather patterns of the tropical Pacific Ocean that changes the course of the jet stream and can have a dramatic impact on temperature and precipitation levels in North America.
One of the primary instruments researchers use to gauge the likelihood of El Niño is the space-based altimeter flying on the Jason-2 Ocean Surface Topography Mission, launched in 2008 by the French…

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