Earth  ID: 2759

AMSR-E Anomalous Pacific Sea Surface Temperature Data Used to predict 2003 Hurricane Season

Researchers and forecasters often study sea surface temperatures to predict the upcoming year's tropical cyclone activity. This sequence tracks warmer-than-normal waters and colder-than-normal waters in the Pacific Ocean. In 2003, experts have predicted a 'normal to below normal' number of tropical cyclones. Researchers say the Pacific may transition to the colder-than-normal La Niña phase. Fewer than normal hurricanes generally form when El Niño is present. Areas in red represent warmer than normal and areas in blue represent cooler than normal.

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http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/2003/0529hurricane03.html


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Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
David Adamec (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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Data Used:
Aqua/AMSR-E 06/02/2002 - 05/11/2003
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This item is part of this series:
El Niño and La Niña

Goddard TV Tape:
G2003-036

Keywords:
DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
SVS >> SST
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Hurricanes
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Temperature >> Sea Surface Temperature
SVS >> Hurricane Forecasting
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0