Submitted to: Applied Climatology
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The Great Plains and Midwestern regions of the United States are key areas of U.S. agricultural production. Given this agricultural importance, studying these regions potential for seasonal climate prediction is of comparable importance. One mechanism that has demonstrated both the ability to produce shifts in seasonal climate over the continental U.S. and the potential for inter-seasonal predictability is the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The two goals of this work are: 1) to explore the relationship between the state of ENSO-related sea-surface temperature anomalies (SSTA) over the equatorial eastern Pacific and concurrent shifts in seasonal climate over the central United States, and, 2) to evaluate associated effects on agricultural yields.