Origin of early-spring central Pacific warming as the 1982–1983 El Niño precursor

Ji Won Kim, Soon Il An

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The extreme El Niño events, such as those which occurred in 1982–1983, 1997–1998, and 2015–2016, exerted devastating impacts in many parts of the globe. Hence, it is crucial to understand the precursors of such extreme events. Nevertheless, each El Niño event has its own characteristics even in the initiation. Here, we show that the development of early-spring equatorial central Pacific warming forced by the increased solar radiation due to a suppressed convection was a crucial factor in developing the 1982–1983 extreme El Niño event. The central Pacific warming anomalies in the spring of 1982 were induced by atmospheric subsidence connected to the northern subtropical Pacific convection, subsequently reinforced by a reduced evaporative cooling via westerly anomalies. On the other hand, springtime warming anomalies over the equatorial central and eastern Pacific regions during other extreme El Niño events were induced mainly by oceanic dynamical processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2899-2906
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Climatology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
National Research Foundation of Korea, Grant/ Award Number: 2017R1A2A2A05069383

Funding Information:
information National Research Foundation of Korea, Grant/Award Number: 2017R1A2A2A05069383Authors recognize S.-W. Yeh, W. Cai, and Y.-G. Ham in appreciation for their comments during the developing phase of this work and E. Seo for his support with pre-processing of the JRA-55 data. This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (No. 2017R1A2A2A05069383). Authors appreciate all data providers, which can be found at the following addresses: ERSSTv4 at http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/gridded/data.noaa.ersst.v4.html, SODAv2.2.4 at http://sodaserver.tamu.edu/assim/SODA_2.2.4/, GODAS at http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/GODAS/, NCEP R1 at http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/gridded/data.ncep.reanalysis.html, JRA-55 at http://jra.kishou.go.jp/JRA-55/index_en.html, MERRA at http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/, NOAA interpolated OLR at http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/gridded/data.interp_OLR.html, GPCPv2.3 at http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/gridded/data.gpcp.html

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  • Atmospheric Science


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