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Extreme weather in the Pacific ‘needs more research,’ say scientists

Climate scientists in Southern California think the storm that hit the 13,000 teu Maersk Essen in the Pacific Ocean on January 16 was part of a phenomenon known as an ‘atmospheric river’

The phenomenon, which is described as ‘plume of precipitable water vapour’, extended from Hawaii to California, also prompting 17 of 38 vessels to leave anchorages off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to ride out the storm on January 26

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