Vanuatu Synoptic Stations

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Vanuatu Current Climate Status

Bleaching

Bleaching and FisheriesCoral Bleaching Alert for Vanuatu is No Stress for August 2020.

El Nino Southern Oscillation

El Nino Southern Oscillation ENSO updateLa Niña indicators continue to develop as the ENSO outlook shifted to La Niña WATCH since mid-June. The chance of this La Niña forming in 2020 is around 50%. International climate models surveyed by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department (VMGD) suggest sea surface temperatures in the central tropical Pacific will continue to cool over the coming months, hence majority of models (more than half surveyed) anticipate a La Niña event could be met by the end of spring (September - November 2020).

Rainfall

Rainfall and WaterRainfall forecast for August-October 2020: Above normal rainfall forecasted for the northern region (Torba, Sanma, Penama and Malampa), and normal rainfall forecasted for the southern region (Shefa and Tafea).

Sea Surface Temperature

Sea Surface Temperature and FisheriesSea surface temperatures in the central tropical Pacific are forecasted to cool further into the southern hemisphere winter, a pattern consistent with a La Nina-like pattern.