Phase 5 of the GWO best describes the global weather-climate situation. I think we are in the process of a having a large circuit of the GWO. A wind signal from the MJO is contributing. An important monitoring issue will be to see how far west the tropical convective forcing redevelops across the Eastern Hemisphere during the next few weeks. I speculate that the current extension of the East Asian jet will "break through" the eastern Pacific ridge ~week 2, followed by re-amplification of existing PNA circulation anomalies ~20-30 deg of longitude farther west weeks 3-4.
An experimental quasi-phase space plot of the GSDM utilizing a time series of normalized relative AAM tendency anomaly (Y-axis) and normalized relative AAM anomaly time series (X-axis) can be found at
We call the behavior of this plot the Global Wind Oscillation (GWO). While the intent of the legacy GSDM is to extend current thinking beyond the MJO, the GWO quantifies variations used to derive the original GSDM in a manner that is “user friendly” analogous the WH2004 “convention”. In addition, the GWO plot does not have the ENSO signal removed.
Links to CPC and PSD ENSO discussions:
These are probabilistic statements, and work is ongoing to quantify in future posts (for example, risk assessment composite maps, composite signal to noise ratio plots and shifts of probability). We hope that an opportunity will arise for us (soon) to have a dedicated web page effort to expedite more objectively, with rigor, thoroughness and verification. The WB (2007) paper on the GSDM has been published in the February issue of MWR. I will try to post a complete discussion next weekend.