Changes in oceanic precipitation during the 1997–98 El Niño
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 2000 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 27, Issue 15, pages 2293–2296, 1 August 2000
How to Cite
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 APR 2000
- Manuscript Received: 3 DEC 1999
The recent El Niño has been by most measures one of the most extreme, and there have been several papers on its thermal signature and associated wind field. There has also been wide coverage of the changes in terrestrial precipitation, with torrential rains in California and devastating fires in Borneo in response to the prolonged drought. Here we complete the picture by examining oceanic precipitation data derived from novel processing of dual-frequency altimetry. An increased area of precipitation, with more frequent and slightly more intense rainfall, is found to mirror the expansion of the western warm pool.