Influence of eastern Pacific and central Pacific El Niño events on winter climate extremes over the eastern and central United States

TitleInfluence of eastern Pacific and central Pacific El Niño events on winter climate extremes over the eastern and central United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsNing, Liang, and Bradley Raymond S.
JournalInternational Journal of Climatology
Paginationn/a - n/a
Date Published04/2015
KeywordsCP-El Niño, EP-El Niño, teleconnection, winter climate extremes
Abstract

Different influences of the eastern-Pacific (EP) El Niño and central-Pacific (CP) El Niño on nine winter extreme indices over the eastern and central United States are examined through composite analysis of high-resolution daily maximum temperature, minimum temperature, and precipitation for the period 1950–2010. During EP El Niño winters, there are usually more warm days and warm nights, fewer frost days, cold days, and cold nights over the eastern and central United States than in winters with a CP El Niño, especially for the Ohio Valley, around the Great Lakes, and southern New England. For precipitation extremes, compared with CP El Niño, EP El Niño usually brings more extreme precipitation amounts, more days with large precipitation amounts, larger amounts of maximum consecutive 5-day total precipitation, and a shorter duration of consecutive dry days around the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. The 500 hPa geopotential height anomalies show that wave train patterns differ when the maximum tropical sea surface heating locations are displaced. The corresponding wind field and moisture convergence anomalies are examined to analyse the mechanisms that drive the anomaly fields associated with the two types of El Niño events.

DOI10.1002/joc.4321