New WUWT SST/ENSO page now online

WUWT readers may have noticed a new live image icon on the sidebar today:

click for WUWT ENSO/SST page

The new WUWT ENSO/Sea Level/Sea Surface Temperature Page is now online. More reference pages are coming. Be sure to visit and see “Watts Up”.

Here’s the link:

There you’ll find a collection of the most commonly used graphs, images, and data sources for monitoring ocean temperature and oscillation patterns. These links were submitted by WUWT readers.

There’s also a change in the header navigation, a pulldown menu now selects between the SST/ENSO page and the Sea Ice Page:

Additional pages will appear in the pulldown menu as they are added. The icons at the right sidebar will still link directly to the page of interest, bypassing the Navigation Menu.

So far we have completed two, with four others to be added (tba):

Enjoy – Anthony


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I did enjoy it!! 🙂 🙂 :-):-)
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Thank you, Anthony. You’re the best!
Norfolk, VA, USA


I occasionally look for images like those under
“Reference for El Niño and La Niña weather pattern effects”
Do you have any that are global rather than just american?
REPLY: Well if you look at the page carefully you’ll find Australian and Japanese content also -A

Very nicely done and I will make good use of it.

CRS, Dr.P.H.

Thanks again for your hard work & dedication, Anthony! It looks great!

Jimmy Haigh


Re: Proper computer editing usage of the terms El Niño and La Niña:
Instead of remembering the different silly numeric codes, when writing WUWT comments (and posts, I imagine), there is a HTML “character entity” that’s as easy as remembering tilde, i.e. ñ – use El Niño to get El Niño.
I list some of the more common character entities at my WUWT guide

And for those interested, I’ve finished two of the three-part Introduction series to ENSO, AMO and PDO. The PDO should be completed and posted this week. They’re written for those without technical backgrounds.
Here’s a link to the Introduction to ENSO (El Niño/La Niña) events:
And here’s the link to the Introduction to the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO):


the colour maps seem to be a bit biased. not that giss maps aren’t. but couldn’t you give one neutral colour for an insignificant negative value to the equal positive value centered about zero. (your using neutral colours for up to +1C and cold colours for -0.01C IMO).

Rhys Jaggar

Great page, but someone should tell the guys who do the UNISYS SST plot that the extreme anomalies both minus or plus are represented by almost the same colours.
Can they change that do you think?


Look at
It is a survey by an Australian university that tries to show correlations among the science beliefs of people. It asks, for example, your view on climate change and your view on free markets.
I gave it a go so that my climate change and free market views are properly represented in the results.
[Reply: I took the survey. Interesting questions. ~dbs, mod.]


OT, but the BBC has a good podcast on reporting climate change. BBC Environmental Analyst Roger Harrabin investigates whether the arguments surrounding climate change can ever be won. It’s well worth a listen:

Bob Tisdale says: August 30, 2010 at 1:10 am
I’ve finished two of the three-part Introduction series to ENSO, AMO and PDO.
Thanks Mr. Tisdale for detailed explanations, useful reference.
Recently I also looked into Arctic and North Atlantic data and found some interesting results:

Douglas Dc

Thanks Anthony, I can clean up my Favorites folder now. One stop viewing like the
Sea Ice page!
Oh, and Bob T. as usual, good job, us laypeople appreciate your efforts…


These reference pages are useful – I look at the sea ice page all the time. I’ve seen your list of proposed pages and may I suggest adding one – one on ocean heat content! As Pielke Sr. has been advocating, ocean heat content is best indicator of what is really going on from a ‘global warming’ perspective!

Douglas Dc

One other thing:Might consider this website to your page:
I think we are in for a “wapper” of a Nina!…

vukcevic says: “Recently I also looked into Arctic and North Atlantic data and found some interesting results”
Thanks for the link. Have you looked into how and if Arctic sea level pressures (example a blocking high) holds at mid latitudes the heat released from an El Nino and prevents it from reaching higher latitudes where it can be radiated into space more efficiently?

Erik Anderson

Well done — a fine addition to my “daily surf” bookmarks.

F. Ross

Anthony, I can only say one thing: your site just keeps getting better and better!

Very good page!
Thank you Anthony.

Anthony: The link you have at the bottom of the ENSO/Sea Level/Sea Surface Temperature Page is for the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), not Modoki ENSO.


Some more possibles for your Ocean links page:-
At the Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanographic Center (FNMOC) is the Public Naval Oceanography Portal (NOP)
Published here is the link to the NCODA: US Navy Coupled Ocean Data Assimilation
CIMAS The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies
Ocean Surface Currents
NASA JPL Ocean Surface Topography From Space

Bob Tisdale says: August 30, 2010 at 8:29 am
The various driving mechanisms are a bit of mystery even to many professionals. I tend to concentrate on data, look for a possible correlation, eventually one may have underlying causation, or at least that is my hope.
Currently working on a possible driver of the North Atlantic, but again it might be a wild goose chase.
Delay after 1980 is gradual and it is well within parameters of the precursor.
Occasionally I dip into your website to see what is happening in the real world, for which you have my thanks.


That bom Niño page
has got itself down to -1.40
Looks serious. Man, that’s a lot of cold water pouring into the Eastern Pacific. Dang.
I better go check Joe Bastardi’s Monday Sea Ice Page.