Nov 2018 SST Anom (deg C)

November 2018 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Assessment

These are the monthly SST updates for the month of November 2018.

A. Niño Regions

Niño SST Indices are based on the average of SST anomalies across the given regions: Niño 1+2 (0-10S, 90W-80W), Niño 3 (5N-5S, 150W-90W), Niño 3.4 (5N-5S, 170W-120W) and Niño 4 (5N-5S, 160E-150W). These indices are used to monitor the conditions in the Tropical Pacific for the occurrence of El Niño or La Niña events.

Warm ENSO-neutral conditions persisted in November where sea surface temperature anomalies observed across most of the equatorial Pacific Ocean have reached El Niño threshold levels.

B. Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD)

The Indian Ocean Dipole mode Index (DMI) is defined as the difference between the SST anomalies (ºC) of Western (10ºS-10ºN & 50ºE-70ºE) and Eastern (10ºS-0ºN & 90ºE-110ºE) Equatorial Indian Ocean regions (WEST-EAST). The DMI values represent the intensity of the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD); DMI values above +0.4 °C is referred as the positive IOD, DMI values below −0.4 °C is referred as the negative IOD and DMI values between +0.4 °C and -0.4 °C is referred as the neutral IOD.

November IOD average values observed have remained positive. The average sea surface temperatures in the Western Equatorial Indian Ocean is slightly warmer than the Eastern Equatorial Indian Ocean.

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Nov 2018 SST (deg C)

Nov 2018 Normal SST (1981-2010) (deg C)