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Pacific Storm and Surf Forecast
Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 5:46 PM
Buoys: Northern CA - Southern CA - Hawaii - Gulf of Alaska - Pacific Northwest
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Northern CA - Southern CA - Hawaii - Gulf of Alaska - Pacific Northwest
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4.5 - California & 4.0 - Hawaii
Using the 'Winter' Scale
(See Swell Category Table link at bottom of page)

Probability for presence of largest swells in near-shore waters of NCal, SCal or Hawaii.    

Issued for Week of Monday 12/30 thru Sun 1/5

Swell Potential Rating Categories
5 = Good probability for 3 or more days of Significant swell
4 = Good probability for 1-2 days of Significant swell
3 = Good probability for 3 or more days of Intermediate/Advanced swell
2 = Good probability for  1-2 days of
Intermediate/Advanced swell
1 = Good probability for 3 or more days of Impulse or Windswell
0 = Low probability for 1-2 days of Impulse or Windswell   

Swell #2 Moving Into CA
Weak Swell Pattern Beyond

On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 :

  • Buoy 233 (Pearl Harbor Entrance)/Buoy 239 (Lanai)/Barbers Point (Buoy 238) : Seas were 7.9 ft @ 18.2 secs with swell 6.7 ft @ 17.8 secs from 308 degrees.
  • Buoy 106 (Waimea): Seas were 10.7 ft @ 20.0 secs with swell 8.6 ft @ 18.4 secs from 308 degrees.
  • Buoy 46025 (Catalina RDG): Seas were 5.1 ft @ 5.6 secs with swell 2.3 ft @ 10.2 secs from 245 degrees. Wind at the buoy was north-northeast at 16-20 kts. Water temperature 60.1 degs. At Harvest Buoy (071) primary swell was 6.8 ft @ 15.8 secs from 296 degrees. At Santa Monica (028) swell was 2.6 ft @ 9.9 secs from 265 degrees. At Oceanside (045) swell was 2.1 ft @ 10.0 secs from 266 degrees. Southward at Torry Pines Outer (100) swell was 2.1 ft @ 9.7 secs from 279 degrees.
  • Buoy 46012 (Half Moon Bay)/029 (Pt Reyes): Seas were 12.0 ft @ 12.5 secs with swell 8.0 ft @ 13.3 secs from 302 degrees. Wind at the buoy (012) was northwest at 6-10 kts. Water temp 54.3 degs (013), 56.1 degs (012) and 56.3 degs (042).

See Hi-Res Buoy Dashboards (bottom of the page)

Swell Classification Guidelines

Significant: Winter - Swell 8 ft @ 14 secs or greater (11+ ft faces) for 8+ hours (greater than double overhead).
- 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).
- 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.
- up to waist high swell. Also called 'Background' swell.

Surf Heights for Hawaii should be consider 'Hawaiian Scale' if period exceeds 14 secs.

Current Conditions
On Tuesday (12/31) in North and Central CA waves from another North Gulf swell were 10 ft or so and clean but a bit unorganized and lumpy with no wind and clean conditions. Protected breaks were 2-3 ft overhead and lined up and closed out but fairly clean. At Santa Cruz surf was head high to 1 ft overhead and lined up but a bit warbled and shifty. In Southern California/Ventura waves were chest high and line dup and soft with a little lump intermixed. In North Orange Co surf was waist high or so on the sets and fairly clean with some texture on it but soft. South Orange Country's best summertime breaks were knee to thigh high and clean. North San Diego had waves at waist high on the occasional sets and clean with light wind early. Hawaii's North Shore was settling down with waves 10-12 ft Hawaiian and fairly clean but with some lump in the water and occasional rain showers. The South Shore was getting rare sets at thigh to waist high and clean. The East Shore was getting east windswell with waves chest high and chopped from moderate east winds.

See QuikCASTs for the 5 day surf overview or read below for the detailed view.

Meteorological Overview
On Tuesday (12/31) in California swell was hitting from a small gale that developed in the far Northwestern Gulf on Fri (1028) tracking east producing up to 34 ft seas in the Central Gulf on Sat (12/28) producing small swell that radiated mainly east. Hawaii is getting swell from strong Storm #2 that developed well off South Japan on Fri-Sat (12/28) producing up to 59 ft seas just west of the dateline and crossed the dateline early Sun (12/29) with 53 ft seas and then faded through the day Mon (12/30). Large long period swell is pushing east. A bit of a break is to follow with a cutoff low forecast forming off Oregon on Thurs (1/2) producing 22 ft seas aimed at the US West Coast. And maybe a tiny gale to form on the dateline Sun (1/5) producing 28 ft seas aimed but fading fast. But nothing else behind.


Current marine weather and wave analysis plus forecast conditions for the next 72 hours

North Pacific

On Tuesday (12/31) the jetstream was mildly consolidated pushing east off Japan with winds to 150 kts becoming fully consolidated falling into a broad trough centered over the dateline offering good support for gale development. From there the jet was ridging northeast reaching up to a point just off British Columbia then falling south just inland along the US West Coast with a backdoor trough barely bulging off Northern Baja offering only support for weather there. Over the next 72 hours the dateline trough is to dissipate late Wed (1/1) with winds from the dateline eastward to start fading with a split pattern developing by Fri (1/3). No support for gale development is indicated. Beyond 72 hours stating Sat (1/4) a pocket of winds to 150 kts is to be off Japan reaching almost to the dateline forming a weak trough there but not really offering support for gale development. East of the dateline the jet is to be split with the northern branch continuing east pushing into North CA with pockets of winds to 130 kts but not offering anything of interest. The southern branch is to be falling southeast reaching down to the equator south of California. This pattern is to hold into Tues (1/7) with the trough just off Japan becoming better organized pushing to almost the dateline offering some degree of support for gale development. But the split is to persist with the split point at 175W with the northern branch reaching up into the Northern Gulf and inland over Central Canada with the southern branch falling southeast over Hawaii and then into Baja. No support for gale development is forecast east of the dateline. Clearly the MJO is not to be feeding energy into the jet.

Surface Analysis
On Tuesday (12/31) swell was hitting California from a small gale that tracked through the Central Gulf Fri-Sat (12/28) (see Small Gulf Gale below). Larger and longer period swell was hitting Hawaii from Storm #2 that tracked through the Central North Pacific (see Storm #2 below).

Over the next 72 hours starting Wed PM (1/1) a cutoff low is to develop 1200 nmiles north of Hawaii racing northeast producing a small area of north winds to 45 kts generating 20 ft seas at 40N 160W aimed south. The gale is to move northeast on Thurs AM (1/2) with 35-40 kt northwest winds and seas 23 ft at 41N 152W aimed southeast. The gale is to race east in the evening producing 30-35 kt northwest winds with seas 23 ft at 43N 142W aimed east. On Fri AM (1/3) the gale is to push up to the Pacific Northwest Coast still producing 30-35 kt northwest winds with 23 ft seas at 44N 139.5W aimed east. Then gale is to move inland from there. Windswell to possibly push southeast into North and Central CA. Something to monitor.


Small Gulf Gale
A small gale formed Fri AM (12/27) over the Northwestern Gulf producing a small area of 45 kt west winds and seas 30 ft at 48N 168W aimed east. Fetch built in coverage in the evening at 35-40 kts with seas 30 ft at 46N 167W aimed east. The gale eased east on Sat AM (12/28) producing 35-40 kt west winds and seas to 36 ft over a small area at 47N 158.5W aimed east. The gale was fading fast in the evening with 35 kt west winds and seas 30 ft at 47N 150W aimed east. The gale dissipated from there. Small swell to result.

North California: Swell fading on Tues AM (12/31) with combined windswell and ground swell dropping from 9.0 ft @ 15 secs early (10.5 ft). Swell Direction: 300 degrees


Storm #2
A storm started building just off Japan on Fri AM (12/27) with 55-60 kt northwest winds and seas building fast from 26 ft at 35N 150E aimed east. In the evening 55-60 kt northwest winds were tracking east mid-way to the dateline with 49 ft seas building at 36.5N 160.5E aimed east. On Sat AM (12/28) a broad area of 55 kt northwest and west winds were approaching the dateline with 58 ft seas at 36N 170E aimed east. In the evening the storm moved over the dateline with 45-50 kt west winds over a huge area aimed east and seas 57 ft at 38.5N 177.5E aimed east. The storm faded to gale status and stalled some over the dateline Sun AM (12/29) with 40-45 kt west winds still over a large area and seas fading from 48 ft at 39.5W 178W aimed east. The gale is to be fading in the evening with 35-40 kt west winds covering the dateline region and seas fading from 41 ft at 39.5N 174.5W aimed east. The gale is to dissipate Mon AM (12/30) with 30 kt west winds lifting northeast and seas fading from 33 ft at 41.5N 169.5W aimed east. Large, long period swell is in the water pushing east.

Hawaii (Oahu): Swell fading at sunrise Tuesday from 9.8 ft @ 18-19 secs (18 ft Hawaiian) dropping to 8.4 ft @ 17 secs at sunset (14 ft Hawaiian). Swell dropping Wed AM (1/1) from 6.7 ft @ 16 secs (10.5 ft Hawaiian). Swell fading Thurs AM (1/2) from 5.2 ft @ 14 secs (7 ft Hawaiian). Swell Direction: 307-314 degrees

North CA: Expect swell arrival on Tues PM (12/31) at sunset with period 25 secs and size tiny, building through the evening. Swell to be building through the day Wed (1/1) peaking at 9.2 ft @ 20 secs late (18.5 ft) and holding till the early morning hours. Swell starting to fade at sunrise Thurs (1/2) from 10.8 ft @ 17-18 secs (18.5 ft). Swell fading Fri AM (1/3) from 8.4 ft @ 15 secs (12.5 ft). Residuals fading on Sat AM (1/4) from 4.2 ft @ 14 sec (5.5 ft). Swell Direction: 290-291 degrees

Southern CA: Expect swell arrival on Tues 10 PM (12/31) with period 25 secs and size tiny, building through the evening. Swell to be building through the day Wed (1/1) pushing 3 7 ft @ 21 secs late (7.5 ft) and then peaking starting at 11 PM. Swell holding at peak size at sunrise Thurs (1/2) at 4.9 ft @ 19 secs (9.0 ft) holding till mid-afternoon. Swell fading Fri AM (1/3) from 4.1 ft @ 16-17 secs (6.5 ft). Residuals fading on Sat AM (1/4) from 2.7 ft @ 14 sec (3.5 ft). Swell Direction: 293-294 degrees


North Pacific Animations: Jetstream - Surface Pressure/Wind - Sea Height - Surf Height


Tropical Update
No tropical systems of interest are being monitored.

California Nearshore Forecast
On Tues (12/31) north winds are forecast at 20 kts for Cape Mendocino but only 10 kts south of there to Pt Conception holding steady through the day. No precip forecast. On Wed AM (1/1) northwest winds are forecast at 10-15 kts for North and Central CA early building to 15 kts for North CA later and 20-25 kts for Central CA later. Light rain for Cape Mendocino holding through the day. On Thurs (1/2) high pressure and north winds are to be in control with north winds 20 kts for Pt Arena southward to Pt Conception holding all day but less in protected areas. No precipitation is forecast. On Fri (1/3) high pressure is to fade while moving onshore with a light wind pattern in control for North and Central CA. Rain for Cape Mendocino over the evening. On Sat (1/4) a high pressure front is to be pushing south with north winds from Pt Arena southward to Pt Conception building to 2 5kts over Central CA later. Rain fading early from Pt Reyes northward. Sun (1/5) north winds are forecast at 20-25 kts for all of North and Central CA as high pressure builds into the Pacific Northwest. No precip forecast. Mon (1/6) north-northeast winds are forecast at 15-20 kts for all of North and Central CA all day. Tues (1/7) north-northeast winds are forecast at 10 kts for all of North and Central CA all day. No precip forecast.

Total snow accumulation for the week for Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Kirkwood and Mammoth at 0, 0, 0 and 0 inches respectively.

Snow Models: (Scroll down for resort specific forecasts). Updated!


South Pacific

Surface Analysis
No swell producing fetch is occurring.

Over the next 72 hours no swell producing fetch is forecast.


South Pacific Animations: Jetstream - Surface Pressure/Wind - Sea Height - Surf Height




Marine weather and forecast conditions 3-10 days into the future

North Pacific

Beyond 72 hours a small gale is forecast developing over the Dateline on Sun AM (1/5) producing west winds at 35-40 kts with seas building from 28 ft at 40N 178W aimed east. In the evening west winds are to hold at 35-40 kts with 28 ft seas at 41.5N 170W. On Mon AM (1/6) the gale is to be fading fast in the Gulf with west winds dropping from 30-35 kts with seas fading from 22 ft at 42N 164W. Low odds of this system even materializing.

On Mon AM (1/6) a complex gale is to form off North Japan producing a small area of 45 kt northwest winds producing a small area of 36 ft seas at 37.5N 160E aimed south. In the evening the gale is to fall southeast with 40 kt northwest winds producing 27 ft seas at 35.5N 167E aimed east. This system to fade from there.


South Pacific

Beyond 72 hours no swell producing fetch of interest is forecast.



MJO/ENSO Forecast


Active Phase and West Anomalies All But Gone in KWGA

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.

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 (12/30) 5 day average winds were strong from the east over the Eastern equatorial Pacific continuing to the dateline then turning firmly from the west over the KWGA. Anomalies were weak westerly over the far East equatorial Pacific fading to neutral over the Central Pacific and dateline then turning hard west filling the KWGA.
1 Week Forecast (GFS Model): On (12/31) weak west anomalies were over the dateline in the KWGA today with weak east anomalies in the far west KWGA. The forecast calls for weak west anomalies holding on the dateline through 1/5, then moving east of the KWGA with east anomalies building in from the west and eventually filling the KWGA at the end of the model run on 1/7.

Kelvin Wave Generation Area wind monitoring model: West and East

Longer Range MJO/WWB Projections:  
OLR Models: (12/30) A modest Active MJO signal was over the KWGA centered over the dateline. The statistic model indicates the Active Phase is to very slowly ease east and be gone at day 10 with a weak Inactive Phase trying to build from the Maritime Continent into the KWGA, and then both fading by day 15 with a neutral pattern in control at day 15 of the model run. The dynamic model indicates the same thing initially but with an Inactive Pattern developing on the dateline and east of there at day 10 slowly tracking east of there and out of the KWGA at day 15 while a new strong Active Phase building over the Maritime Continent easing into the KWGA at day 15.
Phase Diagrams 2 week forecast (ECMF and GEFS): (12/31) The statistical model depicts the Active Phase was weak over the Central Pacific today and is to ease east moving to the Indian Ocean and very weak at day 15 of the model run. The GEFS model suggests the Active Phase is to race east and building moderately over the Maritime Continent pushing towards the West Pacific at day 15.
40 day Upper Level Model (assumed to be a statistical model): (12/31) This model depicts a weak Active MJO over the East Pacific today with a modest Inactive Phase building in the far West Pacific. The Active Phase is to push east and over Central America on 1/8 while a moderate Inactive MJO signal eases cleanly over the West Pacific on 1/10 pushing to the East Pacific and Central America on 1/20. A weak Active Phase is to start setting up over the far west KWGA on 1/25 pushing to the Central Pacific at the end of the model run on 2/9.
4 Week CFS Model (850 mb wind): (12/30) This model depicts a solid Active Phase over the KWGA with strong west anomalies filling the KWGA today. The Active Phase is to push east and out of the KWGA on 1/4 but with west anomalies holding in the KWGA through the end of the model run on 1/27 even while the Inactive Phase is to develop pushing east through the KWGA 1/6-1/20. Regardless west anomalies are to prevail. Nice.
3 Month CFS Model (850 mb wind): (12/31) This model depicts a very weak Inactive Phase of the MJO was over the KWGA but with modest west anomalies over the KWGA. Westerly wind anomalies are to hold in some weak capacity into 1/16 as the Inactive Phase pushes east and fades out. A modest version of the Active Phase is to develop tracking east through the KWGA 1/18 holding through 3/10 with weak to modest west anomalies holding through that period. A weak Inactive phase is to set up 3/4 through the end of the model run on 3/29 with weak east anomalies developing in that window. The low pass filter indicates a low pressure bias with 2 contour lines in control of the KWGA centered on the dateline reaching east to the California coast. A third contour is to develop for a few day s1/1-1/6. The second contour line is to hold till 3/25, then collapse. A high pressure bias built in the Indian Ocean starting 10/22 and is to hold through the end of the model run. A strong area of east anomalies in the Indian Ocean is forecast to significantly weaken by 1/9 and is to fade to almost nothing directly after, then rebuild weakly 4/7 and beyond. At no point is it to move into the KWGA.

CFSv2 3 month forecast for 850 mb winds, MJO, Rossby etc - Alternate link

Subsurface Waters Temps
TAO Array: (12/31) Today in the far West Pacific the 30 deg isotherm was retrograding falling back to 169E while the 29 deg isotherm was steady at 173W today. The 28 deg isotherm line was steady at 163W today. The 24 deg isotherm was again pushing into Ecuador after backtracking to 115W previously. Anomaly wise, gentle warm anomalies are filling the entire Pacific with a pocket at +3 degs tracking from the Maritime Continent moving east with it's leading edge at 145W indicative of Kevin Wave #6 pushing east. Kelvin Wave #5 has now fully pushed into Ecuador now. Warm water was filling the entire equatorial subsurface Pacific from 110 meters upwards. The hi-res GODAS animation posted 12/24 indicates warm water had formed a Kelvin Wave extending from 120E under the Dateline east to 135W at +2-3 degrees with lesser warm water pushing east from there then rebuilding to +2-4 degrees and impacting Ecuador. The GODAS animation appears to be 1 week behind the TAO data but also is more detailed and accurately modeled.
Sea Level Anomalies: (12/24) A broad pocket of +5 cms anomalies is tracking east between 165E-115W. Very weak positive anomalies were in a pocket along Ecuador.

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.
Satellite Imagery
Hi-res Nino1.2 & 3.4: (12/30) The latest images (1.2 3.4) indicate weak warm anomalies were building from Chile along Peru up to Ecuador then streaming west on the equator over the Galapagos out to the dateline. Weak cool anomalies were south of the equator off Peru reaching no further north than 10S reaching west to 115W. Weak warm anomalies were on and north of the equator building while tracking west to the dateline.
Hi-res 7 day Trend (12/30): Today a building area of warming was filling the entire area from Chile and Peru steaming west out to 105W and also off Ecuador on the equator out to 140W. A few pockets of cooling were interspersed along the equator from Ecuador to 140W and fading. The short term trend is now towards warming in the Southeast Pacific. This is a step in the right direction.
Hi-res Overview: (12/30) A weak fading area of cool anomalies is trying to hold on south of the equator off Peru reaching out to 120W but further south than weeks past. Otherwise gentle warming was along Chile up to Peru lifting north up to Ecuador then pushing west on the equator, out to the dateline. Warmer than normal water was north of the equator from the remnants of El Nino, but mostly gone south of the equator. Water temps appear to be stable mildly favoring El Nino.
Nino1.2 Daily CDAS Index Temps: (12/31) Today's temps were steady at -0.136 after bottoming out down at -0.900 on 12/12. Temps peaked prior at +1.55 degrees on 12/2 after a long runup from negative anomalies in October. It now appears we are in a falling trend.
Nino 3.4 Daily CDAS Index Temps:
(12/31) Temps were holding steady today at +0.187. Temps peaked on 11/14 at +0.509 degs, fell some to -0.018 on 11/28, and are now trying to rebuild. The trend has been steadily generally upwards since Sept when they bottomed out at -0.6 degs (9/14).

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CFSV2 Forecast for Nino3.4 Sea Surface Temp (SST) Anomalies & Current SST Anomalies

SST Anomaly Projections
CFSv2 Uncorrected Data (12/31) Actual's indicate a cooling trend set up late summer with temps -0.2 degs in mid-Sept then the trend started rising to +0.25 degs in early Oct holding to Dec 1. The forecast has temps rising to +0.7 degrees on Jan 1 holding till Feb 1 then slowly falling from there to 0.0 on June 25 then diving negative appearing to be moving to La Nina down at -0.5 in early Sept. According to this model a neutral sea surface temperature pattern biased slightly warm is forecast for the Winter and Spring, then possibly turning towards La Nina in the Summer.
IRI Consensus Plume: The Oct 2019 Plume depicts temps are at +0.25 degs, and are to hold in the +0.25 deg range into May 2020, then fading slightly to +0.15 in June 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) (12/31): The daily index was negative today at -4.00 and has been negative the last 20 days. The 30 day average was negative and falling at -7.08. The 90 day average was rising slightly at -7.14, 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): Nov +1.03, Oct +0.33 Sept +1.13, August +0.64, July +0.75, June -0.32, May +1.10, April +0.30, March +1.0, Feb +1.29, Jan +0.193. This index has been steadily positive but still indicates mostly ENSO neutral conditions (not El Nino).

Pacific Decadal Oscillation
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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