>Mid-April 2010 SST Anomaly Update

>NOTE: The weekly OI.v2 SST data is available in two periods through the NOAA NOMADS website, from November, 1981 through 1989, and from 1990 to present. I’ve been providing these mid-month updates with graphs that include the full term of the second batch of data. It’s really impossible to tell from those graphs what has transpired over the past few weeks due to the length of the dataset, so I’ve added shorter-term graphs, beginning in 2004, to make the wiggles visible.

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NINO3.4 SST anomalies for the week centered on April 14, 2010 show that central equatorial Pacific SST anomalies are continuing to decline. Presently they’re at 0.84 deg C, which is still well into El Nino temperature levels.
http://i41.tinypic.com/122khtu.png
NINO3.4 SST Anomalies
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http://i41.tinypic.com/24268nm.png
NINO3.4 SST Anomalies – Short-Term

Weekly Global SST anomalies are still elevated, near the peak levels for this El Nino. They are not showing any signs, yet, of dropping in response to the decline in central equatorial Pacific temperatures.
http://i40.tinypic.com/15y6u04.png
Global SST Anomalies
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http://i42.tinypic.com/30skcpx.png
Global SST Anomalies – Short-Term

SOURCE

OI.v2 SST anomaly data is available through the NOAA NOMADS system:
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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7 Responses to >Mid-April 2010 SST Anomaly Update

  1. d says:

    >Any guess as to why SST have not yet begun their descent?

  2. Bob Tisdale says:

    >d: After the 1997/98 El Nino, the Global SST anomalies did not start to decline until September.http://i40.tinypic.com/2cxak48.pngA look at a comparison graph of Northern and Southern Hemisphere SST anomalies can help explain why Global SST anomalies appear to linger at the peak SST anomalies. Note the opposing seasonal components of the hemispheric datasets. The Southern Hemisphere anomalies vary much less than the Northern Hemisphere. (The oceans of the Southern Hemisphere cover a larger global surface area than the Northern Hemisphere, so the Southern Hemisphere data contributes more to the global average.) Note also how, during the 1997/98 El Nino, there are two peak Northern Hemisphere SST anomalies. The initial rise and the first peak are combined effects of the El Nino and the Northern Hemisphere seasonal component. The Northern Hemisphere seasonal component then appears to override the El Nino, causing an initial drop. But since the El Nino is still in progress when the 1998 seasonal component starts its rise, there is a secondary spike in the Northern Hemisphere SST anomalies.http://i42.tinypic.com/5v3kzk.pngThe Northern Hemisphere “Secondary El Nino Peak” effect does not appear in the years of the lesser El Nino events, but it does seem to be showing up for the 2009/10 El Nino.This sounds like a good idea for a post. Thanks.

  3. John says:

    >Hi Bob -I think I may have asked this before, but I'm drawing a blank if I really did.Have you heard anything discussing the hot spot in the South Atlantic?I've heard the anomalies off the coast of Africa in the North Atlantic may be a combo of Nino and decreased dust storms in Africa, but I've not heard anything discussing the South Atlantic.Thanks, and apologies if this is a repeat.-John

  4. Bob Tisdale says:

    >John: You asked, "Have you heard anything discussing the hot spot in the South Atlantic?"It's not a repeat. And I assume you're asking about the large area of the South Atlantic between 30S and 10S from coast to coast in this map:http://i42.tinypic.com/rur969.pngI would think it's also caused by the El Nino. Unfortunately, it doesn't really show up in the Unisys SST animation:http://weather.unisys.com/archive/sst/sst_anom_loop.gif

  5. Bob Tisdale says:

    >John: I took a closer look at the South Atlantic:http://i44.tinypic.com/ajwd1h.pngYou're right. That is odd. I'll try to look into it this week.

  6. Anonymous says:

    >BobSome interesting paleo-oscillation papers to be presented here:http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2010/oral_programme/2698

  7. Bob Tisdale says:

    >Anonymous: Thanks for the paleo link.Regards

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