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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 8136
Title: Coherence in transpacific movements of positive and negative anomalies of sea surface temperature, 1953-60
Author: Felix Favorite, Douglas R. McLain
Publication Year: 1973
Journal: Nature
Volume: 244
Issue: 5412
Pages: 139-143

Computer analyses of 2 million observations of sea surface temperature provide evidence of orderly transpacific movements of large areas of anomalous warm and cold-surface water which greatly influence environmental conditions off the west coasts of the United States and Canada.  These quasi-permanent features seem to move around the North Pacific gyre, roughly 180° out of phase, with periods of 5-6 yr. 

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