Aussie Scientists: Neutral ENSO Likely to Linger

November 20, 2012 12:44 AM

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says ENSO indicators in the tropical Pacific remain at neutral levels and are likely to persist at least until the end of the year.

"Although being below El Niño levels, tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures remain warmer than average. Atmospheric indicators, such as the Southern Oscillation Index, trade winds and tropical cloud patterns, have all remained at neutral levels through the (Southern Hemisphere) winter and spring," states the bureau.

All dynamical models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest that sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific will maintain values in the neutral range for the remainder of 2012 and into the first quarter of 2013, it states.

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