FW: lengthening days

Olson, Arthur David OLSONA at dc37a.nci.nih.gov
Fri Mar 27 14:02:36 UTC 1998

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From: 	Mathew Englander[SMTP:"mathew  "@ican.net]
Sent: 	Friday, March 27, 1998 3:51 AM
To: 	tz at elsie.nci.nih.gov
Subject: 	lengthening days

On my local TV news tonight, they said that NASA thinks El Niño has
slowed dow the Earth's rotation, making days 1/10 of a second longer.
Surely this can't be right -- if it is, why don't we have three leap
seconds a month?

At CNN Interactive there is a news story
quoting the time of rotatin as being "a fraction of a second" longer.
But in a transcript of a CNN program
(http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/9803/26/ee.07.html) where a NASA
oceanographer is interviewed, the interviewer for some reason puts the
fraction at 2/3 of a second. What gives?

Mathew Englander

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