Decadal increase in Ningaloo Nino since the late 1990s

TitleDecadal increase in Ningaloo Nino since the late 1990s
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFeng M, Hendon H.H, Xie SP, Marshall A.G, Schiller A., Kosaka Y, Caputi N., Pearce A.
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume42
Pagination104-112
Date Published2015/01
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0094-8276
Accession NumberWOS:000349036500015
Keywordsair-sea coupling; australia; climate; enso; ice; indonesian throughflow; leeuwin current; Ningaloo Nino; pacific; PDO and IPO; shift; surface-temperature
Abstract

Ningaloo Nino refers to the episodic occurrence of anomalously warm ocean conditions along the subtropical coast of Western Australia (WA). Ningaloo Nino typically develops in austral spring, peaks in summer, and decays in autumn, and it often occurs in conjunction with La Nina conditions in the Pacific which promote poleward transport of warm tropical waters by the Leeuwin Current. Since the late 1990s, there has been a marked increase in the occurrence of Ningaloo Nino, which is likely related to the recent swing to the negative phase of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) and enhanced El Nino-Southern Oscillation variance since 1970s. The swing to the negative IPO sustains positive heat content anomalies and initiates more frequent cyclonic wind anomalies off the WA coast so favoring enhanced poleward heat transport by the Leeuwin Current. The anthropogenically forced global warming has made it easier for natural variability to drive extreme ocean temperatures in the region.

DOI10.1002/2014gl062509
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