Mid-October 2011 SST Anomaly Update

NOTE: I CONTINUE TO HAVE VERY LIMITED TIME FOR MODERATING AND REPLYING TO COMMENTS. MY APOLOGIES.

NINO3.4

NINO3.4 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies (a commonly used El Niño-Southern Oscillation Index) are still hovering within weak La Niña range. For the week centered on October 12, 2011, NINO3.4 SST anomalies are approximately -0.77 deg C.

NINO3.4 SST Anomalies – Short-Term

GLOBAL

Weekly Global SST anomalies dropped significantly (about 0.04 deg C) in the past week. It will be interesting to see where Global SST anomalies bottom out during this El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) season.

Global SST Anomalies – Short-Term

NOTE

This weekly Reynolds OI.v2 SST dataset begins in 1990. I’ve started the graphs in 2004 to make the variations visible.

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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4 Responses to Mid-October 2011 SST Anomaly Update

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  2. mwhite says:

    What constitutes the sea surface?

    Top millimetre, top metre? Can anyone out there give me a definition.

  3. Pascvaks says:

    Ref – mwhite says:
    October 19, 2011 at 6:44 am
    “What constitutes the sea surface?”

    Sea surface temperature – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    “Sea surface temperature (SST) is the water temperature close to the oceans
    surface. The exact meaning of surface varies according to the measurement
    method …”

  4. Bob Tisdale says:

    Thanks for replying to mwhite, Pascvaks.

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