The National Weather Service currently has a staggering 548 vacancies, or 15 percent of its staff positions empty, leading many to wonder it the agency has enough employees to keep the country informed about extreme weather.
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An El Niño appears increasingly likely according to NOAA and Australia's Bureau of Meteorology. If it starts soon, 2014 could well be the hottest year on record, but if it is a strong El Niño, as many currently expect, then 2015 would likely break all previous global records.