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The Oceanic Nino Index tracks the sea surface temperature in the east-central tropical Pacific Ocean. It is NOAA's primary indicator of the climate patterns known as El Niño and La Niña.
Now that the 2016-2017 winter is over with, it's time to look back and see what happened. Did our winter outlook do well?
How does La Niña and the jet stream impact winter conditions in the United States?
Are sea surface temperatures located north of the equator important for El Niño or La Niña development? Yes! Introducing the Pacific Meridional Mode.
How do changes in the equatorial Pacific Ocean impact places much farther away? The answer for the tropics, at least, lies in changes to the equator-wide atmospheric circulation called the Walker Circulation.