- Press Release
- May 31, 2023
Mild La Nina Conditions Developing, Satellite Data Show
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Dr. William Patzert, interviews and technical
IMAGE ADVISORY November 29, 1999
MILD LA NINA CONDITIONS DEVELOPING, SATELLITE DATA SHOW
Unusually warm ocean temperatures off Asia and cool waters in the eastern and equatorial Pacific are signaling La
mild return, according to the latest sea-surface heights observed by the joint NASA-French space agency’s
Lower than normal sea-surface heights in the eastern North Pacific and abnormally high sea-surface heights in the
and mid-latitude Pacific are expected to drive storms coming out of the Pacific this winter, the mission data indicate.
conditions will most likely steer storms north into the Pacific Northwest and keep the southwestern United States
The latest measurements, processed after a 10-day data cycle November 4-13 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, are available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/elnino . Sea-surface
height is shown relative to normal (green) and reveals cooler
water (blue and purple) measuring between 8 and 24 centimeters (3 to 9 inches) lower than average in the eastern
from the Gulf of Alaska to central Alaska, and along the equator.
Unusual conditions persist in the western and mid-latitude Pacific Ocean as well, with higher than average
heights (red and white) of between 8 and 24 centimeters (3 to 9 inches). These areas of increased sea-surface height
unusually warm water were present last year, but the increase in height has surpassed last year’s measurements.
The TOPEX/Poseidon satellite’s measurements over the last
seven and a half years have provided scientists with a
comprehensive record of the 1997-1999 El Nino/La Nina climate
pattern by measuring changing sea-surface heights to within 4
centimeters (1.5 inches) precision.
The U.S./French mission is managed by the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory for NASA’s Earth Sciences Enterprise, Washington, DC. JPL is a division of the California Institute of