23 Mar '17, 9am

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El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a recurring climate pattern caused by interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean in the tropical Pacific. During El Niño, the central-eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean is warmer than usual, leading to drier and warmer conditions especially during the June to October period over Southeast Asia. During La Niña, the opposite of El Niño, the central-eastern equatorial Pacific is cooler than average and the atmosphere over the Southeast Asia region is typically wetter than average. Among the various indicators for El Niño and La Niña intensities, Nino3.4 is an index that is widely used. This index is the value of sea-surface temperature (SST) departures from the long-term mean (anomalies), averaged over the red box indicated by “Nino3.4” below. There is no universal rule to classify an El Niño or La Niña event, but most methods requi...

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