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El Niño and La Niña
Latest status (January 2015)


The sea surface temperature of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific remained above the normal range in the past couple of months.  Taking into account oceanic observations and the latest forecasts by a number of climate models around the world, El Niño is likely to persist for the rest of this winter (Dec 2014 – Feb 2015) and weaken gradually afterwards.


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

Figure 1.    Sea surface temperature anomalies of 30 November - 27 December 2014 in degree Celsius.


Note:
1. The next update will be available in the latter half of March 2015.


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: <27 Jan 2015>