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Tropical Highlights - June 2005


The pattern of global tropical sea surface temperature (SST) during June 2005 featured near-average SSTs everywhere except negative anomalies in the eastern equatorial Atlantic and off the coast of Ecuador and Peru . SST anomalies in the tropical North Atlantic remained positive, a feature that has persisted for the last few months. The SST anomaly in the Niņo 3.4 region remained positive during June (latest value 0.6) while the Niņo 1+2 anomaly is -0.5 (Fig. T18, Table T2). The Tahiti - Darwin SOI was slightly positive (Table T1, Fig. T1). The overall patterns of convection, SST, low-level winds and upper-level winds were near average over the tropical Pacific during June, which is consistent with ENSO-neutral conditions. 

The global Tropics featured enhanced convection over the Indian Ocean and the Central America/Caribbean region and near-average convection elsewhere (Fig. T25).  



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