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El Niño and La Niña
Latest status (June 2014)


The central and eastern equatorial Pacific warmed significantly in the past couple of months with sea surface temperature exceeding the normal range in May 2014. Taking into account oceanic observations and the latest forecasts by a number of climate models around the world, the central and eastern equatorial Pacific is likely to remain warmer than normal in the coming months, and an El Niño event is expected to become established later this year.


Sea surface temperature anomalies
(Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA)

Figure 1.    Sea surface temperature anomalies of 4 - 31 May 2014 in degree Celsius.


Note:
1. The next update will be available in the latter half of August 2014.


Related links:
What are El Niño, La Niña, ENSO?
The impact of El Niño and La Niña on the climate of Hong Kong
References on El Niño and La Niña

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Last revision date: <17 Jun 2014>