Mike Palmerino Telvent DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist
Wed Feb 3, 2016 01:56 PM CST

Our latest calculation of the sea surface temperature departure in the equatorial eastern Pacific for the month of January stands at 2.9 degrees Celsius above normal. This is down from the peak for this event in December of 3.6 degrees C above normal. However, this El Nino remains a strong event.

In looking at the last 2 strong El Ninos in 1997-98 and 1982-83, the 1997-1998 event peaked at 4.8 degrees C above normal in December 1997, but was still at 4.1 degrees C above normal in January 1998. That El Nino event continued into June of 1998. The Pacific temperatures then returned to ...

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