National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research comments in statement.
- El Nino event is now under way in the tropical Pacific
- Pacific trade winds weakened substantially and the Southern Oscillation Index dropped below -1, indicating coupling had been achieved between the warmer sea surface temperatures and the overlying atmospheric circulation: NIWA
- International guidance indicates that El Nino conditions are a 90% chance to continue over June – August
- Likelihood of El Nino persisting or strengthening as we reach into spring is above 80%
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