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Beyond the spring barrier?

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Predicting an El Niño or La Niña event before the preceding spring has proved to be difficult. Taking into account coupled ocean–atmosphere modes in the Indian Ocean region that have a two-year periodicity may provide the basis for longer forecasting lead times.

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Figure 1: Schematic biennial climate oscillation in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

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  • 26 February 2010

    In the print version of this News & Views, in the fourth sentence of the first full paragraph on page 153, 'western' and 'eastern' should have read 'eastern' and 'western' respectively. The HTML and PDF versions of the text are correct.

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Webster, P., Hoyos, C. Beyond the spring barrier?. Nature Geosci 3, 152–153 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo800

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