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Bruce T. Anderson, Renellys C. Perez and Alicia Karspeck Triggering of El Niño onset through trade wind–induced charging of the equatorial Pacific Geophysical Research Letters 40

Version of Record online: 25 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/grl.50200

Key Points

  • Subtropical SLP-induced trade wind changes increase Eq. Pacific heat content
  • Trade wind charging of equatorial Pacific can trigger El Niño onset
  • Trade wind charging mechanism revealed through detailed animated visualizations

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