Climate recap and outlook. Philip Mote and Nate Mantua University of Washington Climate Impacts Group Boise, ID October 16, 2008. The CSES - Climate Impacts Group. http://cses.washington.edu/cig/.
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Philip Mote and Nate Mantua
University of Washington
Climate Impacts Group
October 16, 2008
Goal: help the Pacific Northwest become more resilient to climate variations and climate change
Supported by NOAA Climate Program Office as part of the Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) program
Land and Ocean temperature anomaly was +0.72°C (1901-2000 climatology), 8th warmest in 129 years
500mb height anomalies Dec 2007-June 2008: anomalous flow from NNW
Last 8 La Niñas Dec-Jun
Dec 2007-June 2008
Tropical ocean temperatures have returned to near average
Colder than average waters in the east indicate a shallow thermocline, favoring additional cooling in the near term
From June-July-August 2008 initial conditions
PNW December-January-February temperatures