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El Niño Brings Winter of Discontent

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Science  10 Apr 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5361, pp. 203
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5361.203b

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Astronomers, who need clear skies and access to mountaintops, have felt the effects of this winter's El Niño more keenly than most scientists, because the areas hardest hit--the Southwestern United States and Chile--are where their observatories are concentrated. On the bright side, though, these weather patterns have bypassed Hawaii, home of the Keck Observatory, which has the largest telescopes in the world.