Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology: "El Nino strengthens with models predicting it will last well into 2016"

From the Sydney Morning Herald:
The El Nino weather pattern continues to consolidate in the Pacific with most climate models indicating it will extend well into next year, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

The event, which typically boosts global surface temperatures and leads to warmer and drier than average conditions for much of Australia, may also be a strong one, the bureau said in its fortnightly update.
Sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific - stretching from just west of the international dateline all the way eastwards to the South American coast - are at least one degree warmer than normal.

"It is unusual to have such a broad extent of warmth across the tropical Pacific," the bureau said. "The last time this occurred was during the [super] 1997-98 El Nino."...MORE
Sea Surface Temperature anomalies via Unisys Weather: