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Volume 16, issue 11
Ann. Geophys., 16, 1523–1526, 1998
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00585-998-1523-6
© European Geosciences Union 1998
Ann. Geophys., 16, 1523–1526, 1998
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00585-998-1523-6
© European Geosciences Union 1998

  30 Nov 1998

30 Nov 1998

Letter to the Editor: Temperature anomalies in high northerly latitudes and their link with the El Niño/Southern Oscillation

J. S. Bailey J. S. Bailey
  • Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science, The Queen's University of Belfast, Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5PX, UK, Fax: +44 1 232 662007, e-mail: j.bailey@qus.ao.uk

Abstract. I report the discovery of a low frequency temperature oscillation in the eastern North Atlantic (NA), which was significantly correlated with the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) in the tropical Pacific, but led the latter index by a number of months. This discovery is significant, because it demonstrates a link between the tropical Pacific and the high northerly latitudes which cannot readily be explained in terms of El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) feedbacks from the tropics, and opens up the possibility that ENSO and temperature anomalies in northerly climes, may actually have a common origin within, or even external to, the global climate system.

Key words. Meteorology and Atmospheric dynamics (ocean-atmosphere interactions) · Oceanography: general (climate and interannual variability) · Oceanography: physical (air-sea interactions)

 

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