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Natural Climate Patterns
- May 16, 2016
Beneath the surface of the tropical Pacific, a deep pool of cool water has been sliding slowly eastward. This massive, slow-motion wave is a favorable sign that La Niña might develop.
- May 4, 2016
Compared to March, parts of the tropical Pacific showed signs of cooling off in April 2016.
- April 5, 2016
Temperatures across the tropical Pacific Ocean were warmer than average in March 2016.
- March 7, 2016
Waters along the equator in the Pacific Ocean were warmer than average during February 2016, but cooler than they were in January, according to satellite observations.
- February 19, 2016
Drawings of the typical position of the polar and Pacific jet streams across the U.S. during El Niño and La Niña winters and how those patterns tend to influence winter climate.
- February 17, 2016
The dismal rainy season in southern Africa has destroyed crops, killed livestock, and even led to blackouts. El Niño probably had something to do with it.
- February 9, 2016
The disruptions of tropical Pacific sea surface temperature and rainfall that occur during the climate pattern called "ENSO" trigger a cascade of global side effects. These maps show how El Niño and La Niña affect seasonal climate around the world.
- February 8, 2016
December through February average precipitation during every strong, moderate, or weak El Niño since 1950.