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El Nino/La Nina Southern Oscillation
(ENSO)

This page contains links to El Nino and La Nina advisories, satellite imagery, sea surface temperature charts, long-lead forecast models and more.  Use it to monitor El Nino and La Nina events and to understand it's impact on surf conditions at your beach.

 

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El Nino/La Nina Quick Look Current Conditions and Forecast Powerview
(Includes: Global Sea Surface Temp Anomalies, Equatorial Pacific Sea Surface Wind and Temp Anomalies, Average Outgoing Longwave Radiation, Equatorial Depth of the20 Degree Isotherm, SST Anomaly Forecast 0-5 months & 6-11 months, Sea Surface Temperature Forecast Nino3.4)

Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies for the Equatorial Pacific Powerview New

Sub-Surface Temperature Anomalies for the Equatorial Pacific Powerview New

California Sea Surface Temperature Analysis Powerview New

 

Links

Daily Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) (Long Padduck - Australia) Provides good daily raw data on the evolution of El Nino/La Nina induced surface pressure conditions. A negative SOI value indicates El Nino tendencies, while a positive value indicates La Nina. Alternate link (Uses a 1933-1992 baseline instead of the 1887-1989 baseline used in the previous link.)

SOI Historical Values (Long Padduck - Australia) Indicates month-by-month variations in the SOI. Prolonged negative values indicates El Nino while prolonged positive values indicates La Nina.

Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies (Long Padduck - Australia)

Real-Time Pacific Equatorial Water Temperature and Wind Anomalies (NOAA/TAO) A great source for viewing surface and sub-surface conditions along the equatorial Pacific Ocean, the core El Nino/La Nina breeding zone.

Current ENSO Advisory (NCEP) The latest El Nino/La Nina advisories (posted 3rd Monday of each month). Alternate monthly advisory from NOAA Coastwatch centered on California.

Weekly ENSO/Tropical Climate Advisory (Bureau of Meteorology - Australia)

Experimental Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Charts (NESDIS) Great small current SST anomaly image and a historical archive. Alternate large image.

Equatorial Pacific Altimetry Plots (NRL at Stennis Space Center) Good images depicting Sea Surface Temperature and height anomalies, prime El Nino-La Nina indicators. Updated near-daily. Similar data available for other locations across the planet here.

Select ENSO Indicators (NOAA/NCEP) Links to Sea Surface Temperature, Sub-Surface Temperature, 850 mb winds and Outgoing Longwave Radiation images.

5 Day Wind, Sea Surface Temp (SST) and 20 degree isotherm depth anomaly time series charts (NOAA/TAO) Also mean data.

5 Day Mean and Anomaly SST depths (NOAA/TAO)

Sea Surface Temperature Forecast Images (NCEP/CMB) Great images from the long-lead ENSO Coupled Model at the NCEP Climate Modeling Branch.

Sea Surface Temperature Forecasts (NOAA Climate Predication Center) More images and predictions.

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