Pacific weather watch gets urgent funds as El Nino prospects grows

The leading US weather forecasting agency says the drop in data flowing from monitoring buoys is hampering its ability to detect changes in the Pacific, as conditions favouring a damaging El Nino cycle take shape.

Funding cuts in the US and Japan, operators of the system of buoys arrayed across the equatorial Pacific for three decades, have led to cuts in data output to less than half normal levels.

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