Chinese Scientists Claim: Peak Solar Activity Drove 2015/16 El Niño

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Chinese Academy of Science physicists find link between solar peaks and strong El Niños

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The Impact of Solar Activity on the 2015/16 El Niño
Global Warming Policy Forum, 10 September 2016

Wen-Juan Huo and Zi-Niu Xiao, two physicists at the Chinese Academy of Science, have published new research today suggesting that the strong 2015/16 El Niño event occurred right after the 2014 solar peak and may be directly linked to strong solar activity. The Chinese scientists found a significant positive correlation between sunspot numbers and the El Niño Modoki index, with a lag of two years.
Moreover, strong El Niño events were found within 1–3 years following each solar peak year during the past 126 years, suggesting that anomalously strong solar activity during solar peak periods may be the key trigger of such El Niño events.

These findings may help explain the rapid rise and fall of global temperatures over…

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