September 2016 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomaly Update

Bob Tisdale - Climate Observations

PRELIMINARY NOTE

The Blob has returned (reemerged) in the eastern extratropical North Pacific.  Again, has it coupled once again with the ridge of high pressure?  If so, that’s not a good sign for rainfall in the western U.S.

MONTHLY SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE ANOMALY MAP

The following is a Global map of Reynolds OI.v2 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies for September 2016.  It was downloaded from the KNMI Climate Explorer. The contour range was set to -2.5 to +2.5 deg C and the anomalies are referenced to the WMO-preferred period of 1981-2010.

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September 2016 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies Map

(Global SST Anomaly = +0.33 deg C)

MONTHLY GLOBAL OVERVIEW

Global Sea Surface Temperature anomalies made another slight downtick in September, a decrease of about -0.02 deg C. The minor downticks occurred in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Last month, two ocean basins showed significant cooling: the South Atlantic (-0.13…

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