PRELIMINARY April 2012 SST Anomaly Update

STANDARD OPENING PARAGRAPH

The April 2012 Reynolds OI.v2 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) data through the NOAA NOMADS website won’t be official until Monday, May 7th. Refer to the schedule on the NOAA Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature Analysis Frequently Asked Questionswebpage. The following are the preliminary Global and NINO3.4 SST anomalies for April 2012 that the NOMADS website prepares based on incomplete data for the month. I’ve also included the weekly data through the week centered on April 25, 2012, but I’ve shortened the span of the weekly data, starting it in January 2004, so that the variations can be seen.

PRELIMINARY MONTHLY DATA

Based on the preliminary data, monthly NINO3.4 SST anomalies are at -0.35 deg C. The 2011/12 La Niña has come to an end.

Monthly NINO3.4 SST Anomalies

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The preliminary global SST anomaly has rebounded a little so it’s continuing its rise from its La Niña low. It’s presently at +0.133 deg C.

Monthly Global SST Anomalies

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WEEKLY DATA

The weekly NINO3.4 SST anomalies for the week centered on April 25, 2012 are well with ENSO-neutral range (-0.5 to +0.5 deg C) and approaching zero. They are now at -0.097 deg C.

Weekly NINO3.4 SST Anomalies

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Weekly Global SST Anomalies are wiggling their way warmer, a rise one week, followed by a drop the next. They are presently at +0.15 deg C.

Weekly Global SST Anomalies

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INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE EL NIÑO-SOUTHERN OSCILLATION?

About one-quarter of my book If the IPCC was Selling Manmade Global Warming as a Product, Would the FTC Stop their deceptive Ads?, Section 6, is about the processes that cause El Niño and La Niña events. Many of the discussions are rewordings (expansions and simplifications) of my posts here at Climate Observations, so you could save a few bucks and read dozens of posts. But the book provides a single resource and reference for you and includes a very basic, well-illustrated introduction to El Niño, La Niña, and ENSO-neutral conditions written in simple terms. Also included in that section are discussions of how La Niña events are not the opposite of El Niño events and how and why certain parts of the global oceans warm in response to certain El Niño AND to the La Niña events that follow them. The El Niño-Southern Oscillation is a marvelous process Mother Nature has devised to enhance or slow the distribution of heat from the tropics to the poles. It is process that naturally varies in intensity, and due to those variations, it is capable of warming or cooling global temperatures over multiyear and multidecadal periods. The individual chapter titles of Section 6 will give you an idea of the topics discussed. See pages 9 and 10 of the introduction, table of contents, and closing of my book in pdf form here.

SOURCES

SST anomaly data is available through the NOAA NOMADS website:

http://nomad1.ncep.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/pdisp_sst.sh

or:

http://nomad3.ncep.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/pdisp_sst.sh?lite=

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About Bob Tisdale

Research interest: the long-term aftereffects of El Niño and La Nina events on global sea surface temperature and ocean heat content. Author of the ebook Who Turned on the Heat? and regular contributor at WattsUpWithThat.
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6 Responses to PRELIMINARY April 2012 SST Anomaly Update

  1. Pascvaks says:

    Bob-
    Page Title (and hotlink) missing?
    “..won’t be official until Monday, April 7th.”?

    La Nina over? There otta’ be a law;-)
    Thanks again!

  2. Bob Tisdale says:

    Pascvaks, thanks. My head was somewhere else this morning. It’s back on–for now.

  3. Bob Tisdale says:

    Scott Supak: Who are “you guys”?

  4. [snip]

    Scott Supak: Your attempts to incite my readers into “betting” against you at a trading site (a beta webpage) isn’t going to work because you’ve made it plainly obvious that you’re attempting to use my website for your personal gain. And you’re using a metric that’s questionable due to many factors. I’m not buying into it. You’ll find that I’ve deleted your recent comments.

    Good-bye,

    Bob

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