Friday, April 16, 2010
Recent article on the 1918 EL NINO in AMS Bulletin
I usually don't get to issues of the AMS Bulletin until I am knee deep in back issues. So this morning, I flipped through February's issue and came across an excellent paper on the El Nino of 1918 and its relation to the influenza pandemic and other climate patterns that existed at that time.
Climate teleconnections before 1950 are very difficult to quantify due to the lack of data from that era. Buoy arrays didn't exist. Ground based temperature records are not as reliable as you go back to the start of the 20th century. This paper aims to trace back the record through reanalysis of existing data.
The paper is not long nor is super-technical or filled with equations.
1918 EL NINO PAPER HERE