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Historical El Nino / La Nina episodes (1950-present)

Cold & Warm Episodes by Season

Link to Previous Version of ONI (ERSSTv4)
 

Notice: Because of the high frequency filter applied to the ERSSTv5 data (Huang et al. 2017, J.Climate), ONI values may change up to two months after the initial "real time" value is posted. Therefore, the most recent ONI values should be considered an estimate.

DESCRIPTION: Warm (red) and cold (blue) periods based on a threshold of +/- 0.5oC for the Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) [3 month running mean of ERSST.v5 SST anomalies in the Niño 3.4 region (5oN-5oS, 120o-170oW)], based on centered 30-year base periods updated every 5 years.

For historical purposes, periods of below and above normal SSTs are colored in blue and red when the threshold is met for a minimum of 5 consecutive overlapping seasons. The ONI is one measure of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, and other indices can confirm whether features consistent with a coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon accompanied these periods.

 

Year

DJF

JFM

FMA

MAM

AMJ

MJJ

JJA

JAS

ASO

SON

OND

NDJ

1950-1.5-1.3-1.2-1.2-1.1-0.9-0.5-0.4-0.4-0.4-0.6-0.8
1951-0.8-0.5-0.20.20.40.60.70.91.01.21.00.8
19520.50.40.30.30.20.0-0.10.00.20.10.00.1
19530.40.60.60.70.80.80.70.70.80.80.80.8
19540.80.50.0-0.4-0.5-0.5-0.6-0.8-0.9-0.8-0.7-0.7
1955-0.7-0.6-0.7-0.8-0.8-0.7-0.7-0.7-1.1-1.4-1.7-1.5
1956-1.1-0.8-0.6-0.5-0.5-0.5-0.6-0.6-0.5-0.4-0.4-0.4
1957-0.20.10.40.70.91.11.31.31.31.41.51.7
19581.81.71.30.90.70.60.60.40.40.40.50.6
19590.60.60.50.30.2-0.1-0.2-0.3-0.10.00.00.0

Year

DJF

JFM

FMA

MAM

AMJ

MJJ

JJA

JAS

ASO

SON

OND

NDJ

1960-0.1-0.1-0.10.00.00.00.10.20.30.20.10.1
19610.00.00.00.10.20.30.1-0.1-0.3-0.3-0.2-0.2
1962-0.2-0.2-0.2-0.3-0.3-0.20.0-0.1-0.1-0.2-0.3-0.4
1963-0.4-0.20.20.30.30.50.91.11.21.31.41.3
19641.10.60.1-0.3-0.6-0.6-0.6-0.7-0.8-0.8-0.8-0.8
1965-0.6-0.3-0.10.20.50.81.21.51.92.02.01.7
19661.41.21.00.70.40.20.20.1-0.1-0.1-0.2-0.3
1967-0.4-0.5-0.5-0.4-0.20.00.0-0.2-0.3-0.4-0.3-0.4
1968-0.6-0.7-0.6-0.40.00.30.60.50.40.50.71.0
19691.11.10.90.80.60.40.40.50.80.90.80.6

Year

DJF

JFM

FMA

MAM

AMJ

MJJ

JJA

JAS

ASO

SON

OND

NDJ

19700.50.30.30.20.0-0.3-0.6-0.8-0.8-0.7-0.9-1.1
1971-1.4-1.4-1.1-0.8-0.7-0.7-0.8-0.8-0.8-0.9-1.0-0.9
1972-0.7-0.40.10.40.70.91.11.41.61.82.12.1
19731.81.20.5-0.1-0.5-0.9-1.1-1.3-1.5-1.7-1.9-2.0
1974-1.8-1.6-1.2-1.0-0.9-0.8-0.5-0.4-0.4-0.6-0.8-0.6
1975-0.5-0.6-0.7-0.7-0.8-1.0-1.1-1.2-1.4-1.4-1.6-1.7
1976-1.6-1.2-0.7-0.5-0.30.00.20.40.60.80.90.8
19770.70.60.30.20.20.30.40.40.60.70.80.8
19780.70.40.1-0.2-0.3-0.3-0.4-0.4-0.4-0.3-0.10.0
19790.00.10.20.30.20.00.00.20.30.50.50.6

Year

DJF

JFM

FMA

MAM

AMJ

MJJ

JJA

JAS

ASO

SON

OND

NDJ

19800.60.50.30.40.50.50.30.0-0.10.00.10.0
1981-0.3-0.5-0.5-0.4-0.3-0.3-0.3-0.2-0.2-0.1-0.2-0.1
19820.00.10.20.50.70.70.81.11.62.02.22.2
19832.21.91.51.31.10.70.3-0.1-0.5-0.8-1.0-0.9
1984-0.6-0.4-0.3-0.4-0.5-0.4-0.3-0.2-0.2-0.6-0.9-1.1
1985-1.0-0.8-0.8-0.8-0.8-0.6-0.5-0.5-0.4-0.3-0.3-0.4
1986-0.5-0.5-0.3-0.2-0.10.00.20.40.70.91.11.2
19871.21.21.10.91.01.21.51.71.61.51.31.1
19880.80.50.1-0.3-0.9-1.3-1.3-1.1-1.2-1.5-1.8-1.8
1989-1.7-1.4-1.1-0.8-0.6-0.4-0.3-0.3-0.2-0.2-0.2-0.1

Year

DJF

JFM

FMA

MAM

AMJ

MJJ

JJA

JAS

ASO

SON

OND

NDJ

19900.10.20.30.30.30.30.30.40.40.30.40.4
19910.40.30.20.30.50.60.70.60.60.81.21.5
19921.71.61.51.31.10.70.40.1-0.1-0.2-0.3-0.1
19930.10.30.50.70.70.60.30.30.20.10.00.1
19940.10.10.20.30.40.40.40.40.60.71.01.1
19951.00.70.50.30.10.0-0.2-0.5-0.8-1.0-1.0-1.0
1996-0.9-0.8-0.6-0.4-0.3-0.3-0.3-0.3-0.4-0.4-0.4-0.5
1997-0.5-0.4-0.10.30.81.21.61.92.12.32.42.4
19982.21.91.41.00.5-0.1-0.8-1.1-1.3-1.4-1.5-1.6
1999-1.5-1.3-1.1-1.0-1.0-1.0-1.1-1.1-1.2-1.3-1.5-1.7

Year

DJF

JFM

FMA

MAM

AMJ

MJJ

JJA

JAS

ASO

SON

OND

NDJ

2000-1.7-1.4-1.1-0.8-0.7-0.6-0.6-0.5-0.5-0.6-0.7-0.7
2001-0.7-0.5-0.4-0.3-0.3-0.1-0.1-0.1-0.2-0.3-0.3-0.3
2002-0.10.00.10.20.40.70.80.91.01.21.31.1
20030.90.60.40.0-0.3-0.20.10.20.30.30.40.4
20040.40.30.20.20.20.30.50.60.70.70.70.7
20050.60.60.40.40.30.1-0.1-0.1-0.1-0.3-0.6-0.8
2006-0.8-0.7-0.5-0.30.00.00.10.30.50.70.90.9
20070.70.30.0-0.2-0.3-0.4-0.5-0.8-1.1-1.4-1.5-1.6
2008-1.6-1.4-1.2-0.9-0.8-0.5-0.4-0.3-0.3-0.4-0.6-0.7
2009-0.8-0.7-0.5-0.20.10.40.50.50.71.01.31.6

Year

DJF

JFM

FMA

MAM

AMJ

MJJ

JJA

JAS

ASO

SON

OND

NDJ

20101.51.30.90.4-0.1-0.6-1.0-1.4-1.6-1.7-1.7-1.6
2011-1.4-1.1-0.8-0.6-0.5-0.4-0.5-0.7-0.9-1.1-1.1-1.0
2012-0.8-0.6-0.5-0.4-0.20.10.30.30.30.20.0-0.2
2013-0.4-0.3-0.2-0.2-0.3-0.3-0.4-0.4-0.3-0.2-0.2-0.3
2014-0.4-0.4-0.20.10.30.20.10.00.20.40.60.7
20150.60.60.60.81.01.21.51.82.12.42.52.6
20162.52.21.71.00.50.0-0.3-0.6-0.7-0.7-0.7-0.6
2017-0.3-0.10.10.30.40.40.1-0.2-0.4