[Coral-List] El Niño may be coming back

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Fri May 9 20:08:36 EDT 2014

Story title:  "El Niño is coming back."


(There appears to be an error in the labeling of the graph.  The scale
indicates that red is a negative temperature anomaly, yet the caption says
"a pool of warm water (in red)".)

Also, for those not familiar with the "ñ" in Spanish, the word "Niño" is
pronounced "nin-yo."

ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) is of course very important for reefs,
since El Niño periods often produce sea surface temperature increases in
some areas that cause coral bleaching, such as the massive bleaching in the
Indian Ocean and elsewhere in 1998 that was estimated to have killed 16% of
the world's corals.

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Cheers,  Doug

Douglas Fenner
Contractor with Ocean Associates, Inc.
PO Box 7390
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799  USA

phone 1 684 622-7084

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