Ocean Dynamics

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 81–91 | Cite as

Seasonality and anomalies of sea surface temperature off the coast of Nayarit, Mexico

  • Emilio Palacios-Hernández
  • Laura E. Carrillo
  • Anatoliy Filonov
  • Luis Brito-Castillo
  • Carlos E. Cabrera-Ramos
Article

Abstract

Sea surface temperature (SST) harmonic and empirical orthogonal function (EOF) analyses covering 18 years were performed for the area located from 114° to 105° W and from 18° to 25° N. The results indicate that the influence of the annual signal predominates over the semi-annual signal, and the closer to the coast, the stronger the annual harmonic. Several interannual anomalies arose that are connected with the main global indexes, especially the Oceanic Niño Index. Pearson correlations between the first temporal mode of the SST and regional rainfalls in Nayarit indicate that maximum correlations (r > 0.7) are observed when there is a +1-month lag between the series. However, this result indicates that SST is delayed with 1 month after rainfall occurrence, which shows that the dominant influence in this relationship is not the SST forcing.

Keywords

Nayarit Rainfall SST 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emilio Palacios-Hernández
    • 1
  • Laura E. Carrillo
    • 2
  • Anatoliy Filonov
    • 1
  • Luis Brito-Castillo
    • 1
    • 3
  • Carlos E. Cabrera-Ramos
    • 4
  1. 1.Universidad de GuadalajaraJaliscoMexico
  2. 2.El Colegio de la frontera SurQuintana RooMexico
  3. 3.Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste (CIBNOR)SonoraMexico
  4. 4.Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de EnsenadaBaja CaliforniaMexico

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