El Nino not eventuating in the Pacific
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 10 January 2019
“Pacific weather forecasters say an expected El Nino weather system in the region has not eventuated.
“Looking at data from December NIWA's Island Climate Update found that sea surface temperatures have remained above normal for the fourth consecutive month.
Average subsurface temperatures are also above normal.
“ Below normal rainfall is forecast for Palau, Guam, central Kiribati (Phoenix Islands), New Caledonia, Niue, Samoa, American Samoa, the Society Islands, the northern Cook Islands, the Tuamotu archipelago and the Marquesas.
“Normal or below normal rainfall is forecast for the Northern Marianas, Wallis and Futuna and Tonga.
“Near normal rainfall for southern Vanuatu.
“Above normal rainfall is projected for the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, northern Vanuatu, Nauru, eastern Kiribati (Line Islands) and Western Kiribati (Gilbert Islands), Tuvalu, Fiji and the Austral Islands.
“No strong guidance or forecast has been issued for the Federated States of Micronesia, Tokelau, the southern Cook Islands and Pitcairn.”
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