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North Tropical Atlantic Index and NINO3 Index

On this plot are time series of the three-month running average of the standardized North Tropical Atlantic Index (NATL) (dotted line; monthly mean sea surface temperature anomalies averaged over the region 10°N to 20°N latitude and 79°W to 20°W longitude), the three-month running average of the standardized NINO3 index (dashed line; monthly mean SST anomalies averaged over the region 5°S to 5°N latitude, 150°W to 90°W longitude), and the standardized difference between NATL and NINO3 (solid red line; NATL minus NINO3).

The climatological base period for the sea surface temperature anomalies is 1971-2000, and the anomalies are standardized with respect to the period December 1981 to present.

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Monthly SST Data

Data
Reynolds and Smith OISST Version 2 monthly sea surface temperature anomalies (in °C) with respect to the 1971-2000 base period on a 1.0° lat/lon grid
Data Source
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) (OISST Version 2)
Analysis
Three-month running average of standardized monthly sea surface temperature anomalies averaged over the region 10°N to 20°N latitude and 79°W to 20°W longitude (NATL), the three-month running average of standardized monthly sea surface temperature anomalies averaged over the region 5°S to 5°N latitude and 150°W to 90°W longitude (NINO3), and the standardized difference between NATL and NINO3.

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