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El Niño and La Niña
Latest status (August 2014)

The sea surface temperature (SST) of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific has remained above the normal range since May 2014. Taking into account oceanic observations and the latest forecasts by a number of climate models around the world, the development of an El Niño event is expected as warmer-than-normal SST condition in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific is likely to persist in the coming months.

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

Figure 1.    Sea surface temperature anomalies of 6 July - 2 August 2014 in degree Celsius.

1. The next update will be available in the latter half of October 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: <27 Aug 2014>