El Nino Picking Up Steam

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El Nino Picking Up Steam

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Image credit: NASA/JPL Ocean Surface Topography Team

This image was created with data collected by the U.S./French satellite during a 10-day period centered on November 1, 2009. It shows a red and white area in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific that is about 10 to 18 centimeters (4 to 7 inches) above normal.

November 12, 2009

El Niño is experiencing a late-fall resurgence. Recent sea-level height data from the NASA/French Space Agency Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 oceanography satellite show that a large-scale, sustained weakening of trade winds in the western and central equatorial Pacific during October has triggered a strong, eastward-moving wave of warm water, known as a Kelvin wave.

read more here NASA/JPL Ocean Surface Topography website.
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It still looks odd, the warm water being quite a long way west. They are saying it looks like a "mature" El Nino. So if it's mature...does that mean it will fade rather than intensify?
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yes for a mature i would expect to see a nice big red blob off the northern chile coast.. seems quite a way west still
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UPDATE 01-12-2009

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*Decay phase across tropical Pacific likely in March-May*

El Nino set to continue into first qtr of 2010--WMO furthur reading here.
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