Scripps Institution of Oceanography

September 1997

By September 1997, a strong El Niño is underway. Surface temperatures are 2 to 4 degrees Celsius (4 to 7 degrees F) warmer than usual, starting at the coast of South America and stretching to the dateline -- that's a quarter of the way around the planet!

Last modified: 10 October 1997
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