Sea temperatures along the equator are increasingly above normal, creating perfect conditions for El Niño. Forecasters are highly confident that this year’s El Niño will continue through the latter part of the year.
As temperatures continue
to rise, a weak to moderate
El Niño is established.
Warmer temperatures begin
to expand along the equator.
west of South America
(in degrees Celsius* above normal)
Rise in ocean temperatures
April 23, 2015
May 14, 2015
March 26, 2015
Lorena Elebee / @latimesgraphics
*1 degree change Celsius equals 1.8 degree
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric