The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says the tropical Pacific continues to post neutral ENSO readings, which are likely to continue "well into the southern hemisphere autumn."
"The Southern Oscillation Index has returned to near-zero values following recent fluctuations associated with tropical depressions near Tahiti. Sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific are neutral with waters in central and western regions continuing to cool following a warmer-than-average period in the second half of 2012," it states. "Tropical patterns of winds and cloud also remain near normal. Climatologists will continue to monitor atmospheric and oceanic conditions in the Pacific closely for future developments, as well as the impacts the current ENSO conditions will have on Australian climate."
Juli says: In her morning update provided to her clients, meteorologist Gail Martell of MartellCropProjections.com said the La Nina signal was weakening and with it, comes major changes in the weather forecast both in the U.S. and South America. She noted that wetter conditions were developing in Argentina and an "unsettled" forecast was developing in the U.S. Southern Plains.