Use of Sea-Surface Temperature in Long-Range Prediction,
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The problems associated with complexly-coupled systems like ocean and atmosphere are so difficult to solve that it is not yet possible to lay down a set of reliable forecasting rules. This is particularly true in extended and long-range forecasting where the response time of one medium to the other is not known. In spite of these gaps in knowledge there seems to be sufficient order in large-scale air-sea interactions over period of months and seasons, so that some qualitative use of this information can be helpful in prediction. The report discusses the following The joint interactions which appear to produce sea-surface temperature variations General concepts useful in long-range weather forecasting.