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El Niņo and La Niņa
Latest status (March 2014)


Although the central and eastern equatorial Pacific cooled in the past couple of months, the overall condition was still within normal bounds. 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 warm in the coming months. Although normal condition is expected to persist through spring (March-May), there is a chance that El Niņo may develop in the second half of 2014.


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

Figure 1.    Sea surface temperature anomalies of 2 February - 1 March 2014 in degree Celsius.


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


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

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Last revision date: <26 Mar 2014>