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Figure 3

Figure 3: Maps of Pacific Ocean basin precipitation during the El Niño of December-January-February of 1982-83 (top panel), and the mean of the month of December for the years 1979-1995 representing more typical conditions (bottom panel). The enhanced precipitation in the central Pacific during El Niño is attributable to the presence of warmer than normal sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in this region.

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