The sea surface temperature anomalies of the NINO3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific (5S-5N, 170W-120W) are a commonly used metric for the frequency, strength and duration of El Niño and La Niña events. For the week centered on Wednesday January 15, 2014, they were at about -0.6 deg C. That is, they’ve crossed the threshold of La Niña conditions (are cooler than -0.5 deg C). But don’t get too excited. This is a little late in the current ENSO season for the formation of a full-fledged La Niña and way too early for the formation of one that might last into the next ENSO season.
Additionally, while the central equatorial Pacific (NINO3.4 region) are showing negative anomalies, the NINO1+2 region (10S-0, 90W-80W) in the far eastern tropical Pacific are now showing warm anomalies (about +0.6 deg C), after being below normal for most of last year.
Global sea surface temperature anomalies are at about +0.2 deg C for the week centered on January 15th, compared to the base years of 1971-2000.
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Why should you be interested? Sea surface temperature records indicate El Niño and La Niña events are responsible for the warming of global sea surface temperature anomalies over the past 30 years, not manmade greenhouse gases. I’ve searched sea surface temperature records for more than 5 years now, and I’ve searched ocean heat content records for more than 4 years, and I can find no evidence of an anthropogenic greenhouse gas signal. That is, the data indicates the warming of the global oceans has been caused by Mother Nature, not anthropogenic greenhouse gases.
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The Sea Surface Temperature anomaly data used in this post is available through the NOAA NOMADS website: