Thursday, August 22, 2019
- Buoy 233 (Pearl Harbor Entrance)/Buoy 239 (Lanai) Seas were 3.8 ft @ 14.3 secs with swell 2.8 ft @ 13.9 secs from 192 degrees.
- Buoy 106 (Waimea): Seas were 3.7 ft @ 9.1 secs with swell 2.1 ft @ 9.3 secs from 332 degrees.
- Buoy 46025 (Catalina RDG): Seas were 3.0 ft @ 5.3 secs with swell 1.0 ft @ 13.4 secs from 283 degrees. Wind at the buoy was east at 10-12 kts. Water temperature 66.6 degs (46086). At Harvest Buoy (071) primary swell was 3.0 ft @ 11.4 secs from 289 degrees. At Santa Monica (028) swell was 0.9 ft @ 19.4 secs from 208 degrees. At Oceanside (045) swell was 1.1 ft @ 19.4 secs from 211 degrees. Southward at Pt Loma (191) swell was 1.5 ft @ 19.3 secs from 218 degrees.
- Buoy 46012 (Half Moon Bay)/029 (Pt Reyes): Seas were 7.3 ft @ 5.3 secs with swell 5.6 ft @ 6.0 secs from 308 degrees. Wind at the buoy (013) was northwest at 18-21 kts. Water temp 54.7 degs (013) and 59.0 degs (042).
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Swell Classification Guidelines
Significant: Winter - Swell 8 ft @ 14 secs or greater (11+ ft faces) for 8+ hours (greater than double overhead).
Summer - Head high or better.
Advanced: Winter - Swell and period combination capable of generating faces 1.5 times overhead to double overhead (7-10 ft)
Summer - Chest to head high.
Intermediate/Utility Class: Winter - Swell and period combination generating faces at head high to 1.5 times overhead (4-7 ft).
Summer - Waist to chest high.
Impulse/Windswell: Winter - Swell and period combination generating faces up to head high (1-4 ft) or anything with a period less than 11 secs.
Summer - up to waist high swell. Also called 'Background' swell.
Surf Heights for Hawaii should be consider 'Hawaiian Scale' if period exceeds 14 secs.
On Thursday (8/22) in North and Central CA locally generated northwest windswell was mixing with Gulf windswell to produce waves at head high or so and pretty warbled and raw with light northwest wind and foggy conditions. Protected breaks were waist to chest high and soft and warbled but with no local wind. At Santa Cruz waves were chest high on the sets and decently lined up when they came but a little warbled and fogged in. In Southern California/Ventura waves were waist high and a bit lined up with some light texture on top but otherwise clean. In North Orange Co waves were waist high on the sets and pretty torn up from south wind and not really rideable. South Orange Country's best summertime breaks were up to chest high on the sets and warbled from south wind. North San Diego had surf at waist high or so and semi lined up but really warbled from south wind. Hawaii's North Shore was flat to maybe waist high and clean. The South Shore was smaller today with waves chest to head high on the sets and clean and lined up but slow. The East Shore was getting no real east windswell with waves maybe knee high and a nearly chopped from modest easterly-northeast trades.
See QuikCASTs for the 5 day surf overview or read below for the detailed view.
On Thursday (8/22) in California the first signs of small New Zealand swell were starting to show mixed with local northwest windswell and windswell from the Gulf. The southern swell was generated by a gale previously southeast of New Zealand Tues-Wed (8/14) with up to 40 ft seas over a tiny area aimed northeast migrating east to the Southeast Pacific through Sat (8/17) with seas slowly fading from 32 ft to 28 ft over that time period. This swell was fading in Hawaii. The Gulf windswell was produced by a weak weather system in the Gulf of Alaska on Tues (8/20) producing 18 ft seas aimed east while another one was over the Dateline producing 20 ft seas aimed east. Down south a modest gale developed in the Tasman Sea targeting Fiji Tues-Fri (8/23) with 28-34 ft seas aimed north. Otherwise no obvious swell producing weather system are forecast for the next week in the Southern Pacific though a modest gale is forecast under New Zealand on Wed-Thurs (8/29) with up to 45 ft seas, but falling southeast. In the North Pacific nothing is forecast for the next week.
See all the details below...
SHORT- TERM FORECAST
Current marine weather and wave analysis plus forecast conditions for the next 72 hours
Windswell from two weather systems are being tracked, one from Gulf of Alaska currently hitting North CA and the other over the Dateline targeting Hawaii (see details below).
Over the next 72 hours no swell producing weather systems are forecast.
Gulf of Alaska Low
On Mon AM (8/19) a small low pressure system started building in the Central Gulf of Alaska producing 30-35 kt west winds over a tiny area near 37N 147W aimed east with seas building. In the evening a small fetch of 30-35 kt west to southwest winds were building in the gales south quadrant off the Pacific Northwest with 18 ft seas building over a tiny area at 42.5N 143W aimed east. On Tues AM (8/20) the gale is to be dissipating while lifting northeast off Oregon with 25 kt west winds and seas fading from 15-16 ft at 43N 138W. The gale to briefly redevelop Wed AM (8/21) along the coast of North British Columbia producing 22 ft seas at 53.5N 133.5W completely outside the California swell window but in the Pacific Northwest swell window.
North CA: Swell holding Thurs AM (8/22) at 4.0 ft @ 11 secs (4.0-4.5 ft) but being overrun by shorter period local north windswell. Swell Direction: 290 degrees
On Mon AM (8/19) a gale started building just west of the dateline with 35 kt northwest winds over a small area with seas building. In the evening the gale lifted north a decent but small fetch of 30-35 kt west winds holding with seas 20 ft over a tiny area at 44N 178E aimed east. The gale faded on Tues AM (9/20) with 25-30 kt west winds and seas 16 ft aimed east at 45N 179E. The gale to dissipate from there.
Hawaii: Expect swell arrival later on Thurs (8/22) building to 2.0 ft @ 12 secs (2.5 ft). Swell fading Fri AM (8/23) from 2.1 ft @ 11 secs (2.0 ft). Swell Direction:310 degrees
On Thursday (8/22) low pressure was building in the Northern Gulf cutting the legs out of local high pressure off California with the usual high only at 1020 mbs west of Central CA producing north winds building to 25+ kts over Cape Mendocino late afternoon and 20 kts over Central CA starting to generate some short period windswell mainly for San Francisco down to Monterey Bay. For Hawaii east winds are to be 15 kts up to 1500 nmiles east of the Islands but mainly aimed south of the Islands offering weak odds for sideband windswell production. Friday (8/23) a weak version of the usual summertime pressure gradient is to be holding over Cape Mendocino producing north winds at 25 kts early over a fairly broad area and 20 kts north winds down to a point off Monterey Bay offering decent windswell generation potential down into Central CA but fading steadily through the day. For Hawaii east fetch is to be 15 kts up to 1400 nmiles east of the Islands aimed well at the Islands offering good potential to generate windswell. On Sat (8/24) generic northwest winds at 15-20 kts to be mostly off the North CA coast making for only minimal windswell production potential down into Central CA. For Hawaii east winds are to be 15 kts up to 900 nmiles east of the Islands offering decent odds for windswell production. On Sun (8/25) high pressure is to be building off the Pacific Northwest generating north winds building to 20-25 kts late off Cape Mendocino starting to generate some limited windswell down into North CA later. For Hawaii east fetch associated with high pressure is to be fading in coverage only extending 400 nmiles east of the Islands offering limited odds for windswell production along exposed east facing shores of all Islands.
North Pacific Animations: Jetstream - Surface Pressure/Wind - Sea Height - Surf Height
Tropical Storm Ivo was positioned 800 nmiles south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas Mexico on Thurs (8/22) with winds 55 kts tracking northwest and forecast to intensify. In the evening Ivo is to reach hurricane status with winds 65 kts while tracking northwest targeting Southern CA but 960 nmiles south of San Diego. Ivo is to continue north-northwest holding at minimal hurricane status (65 kt sustained winds) through Fri evening (8/23) positioned 780 nmiles south of San Diego. Ivo to continue tracking north-northwest from there while steadily fading no longer producing swell of interest.
Southern CA: Small swell possible starting late Sat afternoon at exposed break in Southern CA pushing 4.0 ft @ 14 secs (5.5 ft). Swell peaking Sun AM (8/25) at 4.5 ft @ 13 secs (5.5 ft). Swell Direction: 170 degrees
California Nearshore Forecast
On Thursday (8/22) northwest winds are forecast at 15-20 kts for North CA and Central CA and 25+ kts for Cape Mendocino, especially later. Fri (8/23) northwest winds are forecast at 10-15 kts for all of North and Central CA except 20-25 kts for Cape Mendocino. Sat (8/24) northwest winds are forecast at 5-10 kts for North and Central CA but 15-20 kts in pockets over Cape Mendocino. Sun (8/25) north winds to be 20-25 kts for Cape Mendocino and 5-10 kts south of there. No change on Monday (8/26) but with north winds for Cape Mendocino at 25+ kts. Tues (8/27) light winds are forecast for all of California. No change forecast through Thurs (8/29).
Snow Models: http://www.stormsurf.com/mdls/menu_snow.html (Scroll down for resort specific forecasts).
On Thursday (8/22) the jetstream was well split with the influential southern branch of the jet tracking well south under New Zealand down at 66S creating a ridge pushing over the Ross Ice Shelf and tracking east on the heading over the entirety of the South Pacific offering no support for gale development anywhere in the upper atmosphere. Over the next 72 hours starting Fri (8/23) the ridge is to only build southeast of New Zealand pushing down to 75S and over Antarctica proper by Sat (8/24) on the dateline and not escaping north of Antarctic Ice over the entirety of the South Pacific through Sun (8/25). Beyond 72 hours starting Mon (8/26) a moderate ridging pattern is to hold over the greater South Pacific through Wed (8/28) offering no support for gale development over the South Pacific. There's some sign of the ridge starting to fade over the far Southwest Pacific under New Zealand on Thurs (8/29) but there's no clear signs of a trough building there either likely offering no direct support for gale development.
Swell from a gale that built in a good position south of New Zealand then pushed east is in the water and fading in Hawaii while starting to show in California (see Another New Zealand Gale below).
Over the next 72 hours no swell producing weather systems are forecast.
Another New Zealand Gale
A meaningful gale started building southeast of New Zealand on Tuesday AM (8/13) with 45-50 kt south winds over a tiny area aimed northeast with a building area of 24 ft seas at 52S 179E aimed north-northeast. In the evening south winds at 50-55 kts over a small area with 39 ft seas aimed north at 53S 180W aimed northeast. On Wed AM (8/14) south to southwest winds were 40-45 kts with the fetch lifting north and seas 41 ft over a small area at 47S 174.5W. Fetch was fading in the evening from 45 kts from the southwest with seas 35 ft at 42S 167.5W aimed northeast over a modest sized area. On Thurs AM (8/15) a small area of 40-45 kt southwest wind were tracking east-northeast with 33 ft seas at 39S 152.5W. In the evening a broad area of 30-35 kt southwest winds were in the upper reaches of the Central South Pacific with peak seas 28 ft at 38.5S 146W aimed east-northeast. On Friday (8/16) west-to southwest winds were 35-40 kts over a modest area with 30 ft seas at 41S 146.5W aimed east-northeast over a tiny area. In the evening 35+ kt east fetch was tracking east with seas 30 ft at 38S 137W aimed east-northeast. On Sat (8/17) the gale was fading with a small area of 35 kt southwest winds tracking east with seas 26 ft at 43S 131W aimed east-northeast. In the evening this system was fading and moving out of the SCal swell window.
Hawaii: Swell fading on Thurs (8/22) from 2.1 ft @ 14 secs (3.0 ft). Residuals on Fri (8/23) fading from 1.6 ft @ 13 secs (2.0 ft). Swell Direction: 190 degrees
Southern CA: Swell slowly building on Thurs (8/22) to 1.4 ft @ 18 secs late (2.5 ft). Swell building on Fri (8/23) to 2.0 ft @ 16-17 secs (3.0-3.5 ft). Swell continues on Sat (8/24) at 1.9 ft @ 15 secs (2.5-3.0 ft). Swell fading Sun (8/25) from 1.5 ft @ 14 secs (2.0 ft). Swell Direction: 212 degrees
North CA: Swell slowly building on Thurs (8/22) to 1.8 ft @ 18 secs late (3.0-3.5 ft). Swell peaking on Fri (8/23) at 2.1 ft @ 16-17 secs (3.0-3.5 ft). Swell continues on Sat (8/24) at 1.8 ft @ 15 secs (2.5-3.0 ft). Swell fading Sun (8/25) from 1.4 ft @ 14 secs (2.0 ft). Swell Direction: 213 degrees
South Pacific Animations: Jetstream - Surface Pressure/Wind - Sea Height - Surf Height
Marine weather and forecast conditions 3-10 days into the future
Beyond 72 hours no clearly defined swell producing weather systems are forecast. But the transition from Summer to Fall is to continue. And the GFS model hints at low pressure building solidly in the Gulf of Alaska on Thurs (8/29) targeting California. Something to monitor.
On Monday (8/26) a decent gradient is to be in place over Cape Mendocino producing north winds at 25-30 kts but not reaching any further south of there limiting the odds for windswell production radiating south into Central CA. Small windswell expected. No east fetch of interest is forecast for Hawaii. More of the same is expected on Tues (8/27) with north winds limited in coverage at 20-25 kts to Cape Mendocino offering only low odds for windswell reaching down to Central CA. No fetch is forecast for Hawaii. By Wed (8/28) a slack wind pattern is forecast for both California and Hawaii offering no windswell generation potential. No change on Thurs (8/29).
Beyond 72 hours no swell producing fetch is forecast. We suspect the summer swell generation season is nearly over.
A gale is forecast developing just south of New Zealand on Wed AM (8/28) with 45 kts west winds over a modest sized fetch area and seas building from 28 ft aimed east. In the evening 55 kt west winds are forecast over a small area but the core of the gale is to be falling southeast with seas to 44 ft at 53.5S 177E aimed east. On Thurs AM (8/29) fetch is to be fading from 50 kts from the west with the core of the gael still falling southeast with seas fading from 43 ft at 55.5S 171W aimed east. The gale is to fade and track southeast from there. Doubtful much if any swell will be radiating northeast even is this system does form as forecast.
Cool Water Buildup Stalling For the Moment Along the Equator
The Madden Julian Oscillation is a periodic weather cycle that tracks east along the equator circumnavigating the globe. It is characterized in it's Inactive Phase by enhanced trade winds and dry weather over the part of the equator it is in control of, and in it's Active Phase by slackening if not an outright reversing trade winds while enhancing precipitation. The oscillation occurs in roughly 20-30 day cycles (Inactive for 20-30 days, then Active for 20-30 days) over any single location on the planet, though most noticeable in the Pacific. During the Active Phase in the Pacific the MJO tends to support the formation of stronger and longer lasting gales resulting in enhanced potential for the formation of swell producing storms. Prolonged and consecutive Active MJO Phases in the Pacific help support the formation of El Nino. During the Inactive Phase the jet stream tends to split resulting in high pressure and less potential for swell producing storm development. Wind anomalies in the Kelvin Wave Generation Area (KWGA) are key for understanding what Phase the MJO is in over the Pacific. The KWGA is located on the equator from 135E-170W and 5 degs north and south (or on the equator from New Guinea east to the dateline). West wind anomalies in the KWGA suggest the Active Phase of the MJO in the Pacific, and east anomalies suggests the Inactive Phase. In turn the Active Phase strengthens and the Inactive Phase weakens the jetstream, which in turn enhances or dampens storm production respectively in the Pacific.The paragraphs below analyze the state of the MJO in the Pacific and provide forecasts for MJO activity (which directly relate to the potential for swell production).
Overview: A double dip La Nina was in control through the Winter of 2017-2018. But warming started building along the South and Central American coast in early March 2018 associated with two upwelling Kelvin Waves, and continued trying to build over equatorial waters over the Summer and Fall, but not enough to declare El Nino and not coupled with the atmosphere. In January 2019, those warm waters were fading, but then rebuilt late in Feb associated with Kelvin Wave (#3). But as of early June 2019 warm water was fading and by August a tongue of cool water was tracking west on the equator from Ecuador over the Galapagos reaching to a point nearly south of Hawaii. El Nino was dead.
LONG-RANGE PACIFIC STORM AND SWELL GENERATION POTENTIAL FORECAST
Fall/Winter 2019/2020 = 5.0/4.0 (California & Hawaii)
Rating based on a 1-10 scale: 1 being the lowest (small and infrequent surf conditions), 5 being normal/average, and 10 being extraordinary (frequent events of large, long period swells)
Rationale: It is assumed the PDO has moved to the warm phase and that a weak borderline El Nino from 2018 is fading out, but not yet completely gone, especially in the atmosphere. Likewise it looks like a La Nina ocean temperature pattern is developing in the equatorial East Pacific, with cooler than normal waters tracking west on the equator. We assumed El Nino like momentum will hold for a while in the atmosphere will take a while to sense that the ocean temperature pattern has changed. But once it does, a turn towards a La Nina like atmospheric pattern will start to develop. that transition is expected in the late Nov-early Dec timeframe. Even so, moderation from the PDO might prevent La Nina from fully developing. Given all that, there is decent probability for a normal start to the Fall surf season (in the Northern Hemisphere) meaning a normal amount of number of storm days and storm intensity, resulting in a normal levels of swell, with normal duration and normal period. But by mid-Dec 2019, the number of storm days, intensity and duration of those storms should start fading and as a result, swell production should fade slightly as well. This pattern is expected to hold through April 2020.
KWGA/Equatorial Surface Wind Analysis & Short-term Forecast (KWGA - Kelvin Wave Generation Area - The area 5 degrees north and south of the equator from 170W to 135E)
Analysis (TAO Buoys): As of (8/21) 5 day average winds were solidly from the east over the Eastern equatorial Pacific shrinking in coverage but still present over the Central Pacific with east winds at moderate strength extending west to 160W then fading and turning light westerly from 170E and points west of there over the KWGA. Anomalies were neutral over the East and Central equatorial Pacific to 170W then turning moderately westerly over the KWGA.
1 Week Forecast (GFS Model): On (8/22) weak west anomalies were in the core of the KWGA with east anomalies building on the dateline. The forecast is for westerly anomalies to slowly fade while retrograding west and out of the KWGA on 8/25 with weak east anomalies retrograding west through the KWGA through the end of the model run on 8/29. A mostly neutral MJO pattern biased weakly Inactive is forecast over the next 7 days.
Kelvin Wave Generation Area wind monitoring model: West and East
Longer Range MJO/WWB Projections:
OLR Models: (8/21) A neutral MJO pattern was in control of the KWGA today. The statistic model indicates it is to hold for 5 days, with a building Active Phase forecast at 10 and 15 days out. The dynamic model indicates a neutral pattern holding through the 15 days model run.
Phase Diagrams 2 week forecast (ECMF and GEFS): (8/22) The statistical model depicts the Active Phase was exceedingly weak in strength in the Indian Ocean and is to migrate steadily east to the Maritime Continent if not the West Pacific 15 days out. The GEFS model suggests the Active Phase migrating to the Maritime Continent and exceedingly weak at day 15 of the model run.
40 day Upper Level Model (assumed to be a statistical model): (8/22) This model depicts a broad but decentralized Inactive Phase over the Central Pacific today with a neutral pattern over the West Pacific. The Inactive Phase is to track east over Central America by 9/21. A weak Active Phase of the MJO is to develop over the West Pacific 9/19 tracking east moving over the Central Pacific at the end of the model run on 10/1.
4 Week CFS Model (850 mb wind): (8/21) This model depicts no MJO signal present in the Pacific today but with modest west anomalies on the dateline. The forecast depicts these west anomalies building in coverage completely filling the KWGA by 8/28 and holding solidly through the end of the model run on 9/18.
3 Month CFS Model (850 mb wind): (8/22) This model depicts a neutral MJO pattern over the KWGA today but with weak west anomalies near the dateline. The forecast has a dead neutral MJO signal holding from now through 9/10 when a very weak Active MJO develops holding through 10/1. A weak Inactive Phase is to follow 10/2 through the end of the model run on 11/18. During that entire period weak west anomalies are to hold in the core of the KWGA. The low pass filter changed on 7/25 and is holding today with a low pressure bias with 1 contour line in control of the KWGA centered on the dateline reaching east to California. This single remaining contour line is to hold for the foreseeable future, with a second contour line developing 10/26 and holding till the end of the model run. If this pattern holds over the next few weeks, this would constitute a significant upgrade. This model indicates that a weak El Nino pattern is to maybe rebuild. That is not believable. Basically we are moving from a pattern biased towards El Nino to one biased towards ENSO neutral. No sign of La Nina is depicted per this model.
CFSv2 3 month forecast for 850 mb winds, MJO, Rossby etc - Alternate link
Subsurface Waters Temps
TAO Array: (8/22) Today in the far West Pacific water temps are 30 degs over a decent size area reaching east to only 180W while the 29 deg isotherm was steady at 170W today. The 28 deg isotherm line was steady at 160W today. The 24 deg isotherm previously pushed into Ecuador at 30 meters down, but retrograded on 7/11 from 107W to 122W today. Anomaly wise, gentle warm anomalies are filling the West Pacific at +1 degs from the surface to 150 meters down (deepest on the dateline) and indicative of a possible stationary Kelvin Wave #5 there and reaching east to 145W. East of there in the East Pacific almost no warm anomalies remained with a cool pocket with a core at -4 degs down 100 meters at 120W and pushing towards the surface hard. The hi-res GODAS animation posted 8/16 indicates warm water from Westerly Wind Burst #5 has formed a small stationary Kelvin Wave under the Dateline with cool anomalies from 140W into Ecuador drawing up from depth to the surface. The GODAS animation appears to be 1 week behind the TAO data but also is more detailed and accurately modeled.
Sea Level Anomalies: (8/16) No positive anomalies were present anywhere on the equator. Negative anomalies were building west from Ecuador at -5 cms reaching to 170W with one pocket at -10 cms over the Galapagos strongly suggestive of La Nina.
Surface Water Temps: The more warm water in the equatorial East Pacific means more storm production in the North Pacific during winter months (roughly speaking). Cold water in that area has a dampening effect. Regardless of what the atmospheric models and surface winds suggest, actual water temperatures are a ground-truth indicator of what is occurring in the ocean. All data is from blended infrared and microwave sensors.
Hi-res Nino1.2 & 3.4: (8/21) The latest images (1.2 3.4) indicate weak warm anomalies are present north of the equator from Central America west to 140W and shrinking in coverage and then with broader coverage west of 140W to the dateline. Of more interest was a pool of cool waters along the coasts of Chile up to Peru then streaming west on the equator off Ecuador over the Galapagos and out to 140W solidly suggestive of La Nina. But that stream was weakening today as compared to days past. Warm anomalies south of the equator are growing today from just of Peru east to 140W centered on 10S. There had been a steady push towards the evaporation of El Nino in the East equatorial Pacific with La Nina developing there. But today, that trend appears to have started to reverse itself, at least for the past 2 days.
Hi-res 7 day Trend (8/21): A warming trend has developed on the equator from just off Ecuador to 140W with interspersed pockets of cooling, reversing the trend when most pockets were cool a week ago. In general the trend towards a cooler pattern in the equatorial Pacific had been evident, but is now stalled.
Hi-res Overview: (8/21) A clear La Nina cool stream was pushing west starting with a broad bubble of cool water along Chile and Peru then streaming west off Ecuador to 165W. Warmer than normal water was straddling the equator from the remnants of El Nino, mainly north of the equator but all but gone south of the equator. But that unmistakable stream of cool water was running west on the equator from just off the Peruvian Coast and then solidly from the Galapagos west to 145W indicative of La Nina. El Nino appears to be in retreat and La Nina appears to be developing.
Nino1.2 Daily CDAS Index Temps: (8/22) Today's temps were rising some today at -0.392, but have been pretty consistently negative since June 1.
Nino 3.4 Daily CDAS Index Temps: (8/22) Today's temps were falling at -0.238 today. The trend has been generally downward since mid-June.
CFSV2 Forecast for Nino3.4 SST Anomalies
SST Anomaly Projections
CFSv2 Uncorrected Data (8/15) The model indicates a cooling trend has set up with temps +0.05 degs in August and holding through Oct then falling through Dec to -0.20 degrees. On Jan 1 2020 temps are to start rebuilding reaching +0.50 degs by April 1. According to this model a neutral sea surface temperature pattern is forecast, neither El Nino nor La Nina.
IRI Consensus Plume: The June 2019 Plume depicts temps are at +0.60 degs in June, and are to hold in the +0.70 range into November, then fading slightly to +0.65 in February 2020. See chart here - link.
Atmospheric Coupling (Indicating the presence of El Nino in the atmosphere driven by the ocean):
Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) (negative is good, positive bad) (8/22): The daily index was positive today at +3.16. The 30 day average was negative at -0.24. The 90 day average was rising at -6.81, suggesting a neutral ENSO pattern was developing.
ESPI Index (like SOI but based on satellite confirmed precipitation. Positive and/or rising is good, negative and/or falling is bad): (April) +0.34, March +1.0, Feb +1.29, Jan +0.193. It is approaching El Nino territory but still indicted mostly ENSO neutral conditions.
Pacific Decadal Oscillation: The PDO is weakly positive, even though La Nina is in play.
Per NOAAs index recent values: June 2017 +0.21, July -0.50, Aug -0.62, Sept -0.25, Oct -0.61, Nov -0.45, Dec -0.13, Jan 2018 +0.29, Feb -0.19, Mar -0.61, April -0.89, May -0.69, June -0.85, July -0.09, Aug -0.43, Sept -0.46, Oct -0.75, Nov -0.78, Dec -0.12, Jan -0.23, Feb -0.55 This continues to look like the warm phase of the PDO, even with La Nina, because the warm PDO appears to be dampening the effects of La Nina. No consistently solid negative readings have occurred since Feb 2014
The Washington/JISAO index (Jan-Dec): June 2017 +0.79, July +0.10, Aug +0.09, Sept +0.32, Oct +0.05, Nov +0.15, Dec +0.50, Jan +0.70. Feb +0.37, Mar -0.05, April +0.11, May +0.11, June -0.04, July +0.11, Aug +0.18, Sept +0.09. No real negative readings have occurred since Dec 2013
The PDO turned from a 16 year negative run (Jan 98-Feb 2014) in early 2014 and has been positive ever since (other than a few months of negative readings in Fall 2016, the result of a turn towards La Nina). Looking at the long term record, it is premature to conclude that we have in-fact turned from the negative phase (La Nina 'like') to the positive phase (El Nino 'like'), but the data strongly suggests that could be a possibility. By the time it is confirmed (4-5 years out), we will be well into it.
See imagery in the ENSO Powertool
External Reference Material: El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO), Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), Southern Oscillation Index (SOI), Kelvin Wave
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