El Niño 1998 & 2016

Here are the two El Niño maxima of the last 20 years, both of which caused peaks in global temperatures for the following year (1998 and 2016)

The Pacific releases vast amounts of acquired heat to the atmosphere roughly every 18 years as water sloshes back from Indonesia. If anything 1997 looks the stronger of the two.

Here is an animation of the period January 1997 to October 2017

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