Thursday, April 14, 2016
El Nino Collapses - Global Sea Ice Makes A Strong Comeback
North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures Back To 1980s Levels
Daily global sea ice anomalies versus 1979-2008 mean; data courtesy University of Illinois "cryosphere"
Global temperatures spiked during the last half of 2015 as a result of the strong El Nino and were still at very high levels relative-to-normal as recently as last month. In addition, global sea ice appeared to be impacted by El Nino as it took a steep dive during much of 2015 and remained at well below-normal levels going into this year. In the past couple of months, however, El Nino has begun to collapse and will likely flip to a moderate or strong La Nina (colder-than-normal water) by later this year. In rather quick fashion, global temperatures have seemingly responded to the unfolding collapse of El Nino and global sea ice has actually rebounded in recent weeks to near normal levels. --Paul Dorian, Vencor Weather, 11 April 2016
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).