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Huge Pacific Waves Trigger Wild Weather Half a World Away

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Science  16 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5622, pp. 1081
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5622.1081

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A week or two's warning of extreme weather may be possible by forecasting atmospheric waves that snake eastward to North America and Europe. But are these so-called Rossby waves common enough and predictable enough to help forecast disasters to come?