Articles | Volume 42
Adv. Geosci., 42, 35–50, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-42-35-2016
Adv. Geosci., 42, 35–50, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-42-35-2016

  26 Apr 2016

26 Apr 2016

Interannual variability of the midsummer drought in Central America and the connection with sea surface temperatures

Tito Maldonado et al.

Data sets

NCEP NINO34 from Indices nino International Research Institute for Climate and Society IRI, Earth Institute, Columbia University http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/SOURCES/.Indices/.nino/.NCEP/.NINO34/

Modoki ENSO Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) http://www.jamstec.go.jp/frcgc/research/d1/iod/enmodoki_home_s.html.en

PSD Climate and Weather Data Earth System Research Laboratory, Physical Science Division http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/climateindices/list/

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Short summary
We studied the relationship between the midsummer drought (MSD) in Central America, and the sea surface temperatures (SST) of the neighbouring ocean in interannual scales. Besides, the motivation of this study is also to provide a systematic method for forecasting the MSD period. We found that the intensity and the magnitude of the MSD shown a strong association with the contrast in the surface temperatures between the eastern tropical Pacific, and the tropical north Atlantic.