The modern El Niño creed states that "Westerly Wind Bursts force Equatorial
Kelvin Waves which warm the Eastern Equatorial Pacific and trigger El Niño
events". But Kelvin waves cannot transport significant amounts of heat. So
what is going on?
This talk reports on an analysis of the strong 1982-83 and 1997-98 El Niño
events in a high resolution ocean model and attempts to replace the creed by
some decent physics.