2 yr Animation of Developing El Niño

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2 yr Animation of Developing El Niño

Post by Rand » Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:05 am

Two Year Sea Surface Height Anomalies from the JASON Satellite System A ‘radar’ type system on a NASA satellite measures ocean surface heights, and the above image shows the departure from normal heights. The 2-year ‘movie’ shows the evolution of El Niño, including the ‘false start’ in 2014, and then the development of our current, extremely strong El Niño. Since warmer water occupies greater volumes than cold water, higher than normal Sea Surface Heights (SSH) correlate with warmer than normal water – and colder waters with lower than normal SSH’s. Keep in mind that actual SST anomalies do not always correlate highly or ‘one-to-one’ with total heat content of the corresponding entire column of water represented by SSH.
2015 nino.png
Link to the actual animation - >http://icons.wxug.com/hurricane/steveg/ ... P-72AA.gif
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/SteveG ... ion-rerun?

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