In contrast, islands along the southern edge of the SPCZ
In the second quarter the SPCZ was displaced to the northeast.
The extent of suppressed rainfall in the southwest Pacific expanded over the third quarter (July-September) to include most of PNG and most of the islands southwest of the SPCZ.
14 shows that the ITCZ and SPCZ locations and intensities during 2014 matched up well with what might be expected in ENSO-neutral seasons (shown here for the January-March quarter and 180[degrees]-150[degrees]W sector).
In the Southern Hemisphere, the SPCZ was much more intense than normal in the first quarter of 2014 as reported in the Island Climate Update (www.
The SPCZ exhibited generally higher rainfall intensities than normal, especially in the second half of 2013 (180[degrees]-150[degrees]W sector in Figs.
30d for the 180[degrees]-150[degrees]W sector also suggests that the SPCZ during October-December was equatorward of its normal position, which seems surprising for an ENSO-neutral season.
Climatologically, the SPCZ is marginally present east of Samoa in July and August; however, in 2013 it extended as far east as French Polynesia.
There was enhanced SPCZ activity between the southern Solomon Islands and French Polynesia in October with the SPCZ close to its mean position for that time of year.