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  • Released Thursday, April 7, 2016
  • Updated Monday, September 26, 2016 at 2:55PM
  • ID: 12193

Following a strong El Niño winter, scientists see Pacific Ocean temperatures return to normal.

Following a strong El Niño winter, scientists see Pacific Ocean temperatures return to normal.

This video shows sea surface temperature changes from Jan. 2015 to Aug. 2016. Red, orange and yellow indicate areas that are warmer than normal.

During an El Niño, a band of warm surface water develops in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The band is visible in this map from May 2015.

During an El Niño, a band of warm surface water develops in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The band is visible in this map from May 2015.

In December 2015, El Niño’s warm waters covered a large area of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean.

In December 2015, El Niño’s warm waters covered a large area of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean.

The emergence of cooler surface waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean in May 2016 signaled a shift from El Niño to normal conditions.

The emergence of cooler surface waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean in May 2016 signaled a shift from El Niño to normal conditions.

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Video and images courtesy of NASA/GSFC/GMAO/R. Kovach


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