Pacific Decadal Oscillation

What is Pacific Decadal Oscillation?

Pacific Decadal Oscillation meaning (Abbrev. PDO) – a recently described pattern of climate variation similar to ENSO though on a timescale of decades and not seasons. It is characterized by SST anomalies of one sign in the north-central Pacific and SST anomalies of another sign to the north and east near the Aleutians and the Gulf of Alaska. It primarily affects weather patterns and sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and northern Pacific Islands.


reference: National Weather Service Glossary