In the past month or so, sea surface temperatures of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific continued to cool. Based on the latest oceanic observations as well as forecasts by a number of climate models around the world, the cooling trend is expected to persist in winter 2016/17 (December 2016 – February 2017), indicating that La Niña may start to develop.
(Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA)
Figure 1 Sea surface temperature anomalies of 2 - 29 October 2016 in degree Celsius.
||The next update will be available in the latter half of January 2017.