Africa: Weather hazards assessment for 1 - 7 Feb 2007
Warm water diminishing in the Equatorial Pacific Abnormally warm water in the tropical Pacific continues to diminish. Warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in this part of the world are associated with the El Nino, which has been fading. Despite warmer than normal waters, which have been in the region for months, the atmosphere responded little and few impacts were felt in Africa. Instead, a warmer than normal Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures likely had a more significant impact.
In the Pacific, waters have continued to cool, and a pool of colder than normal water has developed below the surface. This favors sea surface temperatures continuing to fall.