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Monthly Highlights on the Climate System

'Monthly Highlights on the Climate System' has been issued in PDF format since March 2007 as a monthly bulletin focusing on the monthly highlights of the monitoring results.

Highlights in April 2017

- Monthly mean temperatures were above normal in northern and western Japan and monthly precipitation amounts were above normal in western Japan.
- The monthly anomaly of the global average surface temperature was the second warmest since 1891.
- In the equatorial Pacific, positive SST anomalies were widely observed except around the date line.
- Convective activity was enhanced over the Maritime Continent and the South Pacific.
- A blocking high was seen to the northwest of Alaska and negative anomalies extended zonally over the mid-latitude of the North Pacific in the 500-hPa height field.

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The descriptions until April 2011 are based on the old normal (i.e., the 1979 - 2004 average).
The descriptions until January 2014 are based on the JRA-25/JCDAS datasets.

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