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Effects of El Niño and La Niña on Phytoplankton and Fish

For the past 15 years, satellites that measure the color of the ocean have given us a view of sea surface phytoplankton which form the base of the food web and half of all the oxygen we breathe. These satellite data are being used to understand fish distributions and why some fisheries suddenly collapse. Read on for more information about the relationships between climate cycles like El Niño and their effects on phytoplankton and fish distributions. Continue reading

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August 2012 Climate Digest

Each month, we will provide information regarding the previous month’s climate. Overall, preliminary data analysis suggests that August 2012 was the 4th warmest August on record (since 1880).  Major stories include a warm summer for the contiguous United States, cool … Continue reading

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2011’s “Double-dip” La Niña

NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center and the American Meteorological Society recently released the 2011 State of the Climate Report, showcasing some of the major weather and climate highlights of the year and discussing the “hows” and “whys” of 2011’s climate story.

One of the primary influences on the 2011 climate story was La Niña – the cool phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). In fact, the central and eastern tropical Pacific was cooler than normal both at the beginning of the year and the end of the year, hence why it’s being referred to as the “double-dip La Niña.” Continue reading

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