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Warm Water Starts Piling Up
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May 25, 1997

In May, warm water started piling up against the South American continent. The white area of sea level height 5 to 12 inches above normal (and warmer than normal by 3-5 degrees Fahrenheit) formed a "V"-shaped wedge.

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