MEI Ranks (last update: 10 February 2017)

Bimonthly ranks of the MEI, since the beginning of record in Dec1949/Jan1950. If two MEI values are
identical within the same bimonthly season, their rank is split between them, leading to a ".5" value. 
Missing values are left blank.  

How can one interpret these ranks?  Given that there are 67 numbers in each column, the lowest
number (1) would denote the strongest La Nina case for that bimonthly season, while the highest
number (67) would indicate the strongest El Nino case.  For instance, in December-January 
(DECJAN), the strongest La Nina was recorded in 1974, while the strongest El Nino occurred in 1983.

If we use percentiles (say, 30%ile) to define La Nina, near-normal, and El Nino, MEI ranks from 1-20
denote strong to weak La Nina conditions, while 48-67 denote weak to strong El Nino conditions.
If one uses the quintile definition for (moderate or stronger) ENSO events, MEI ranks from 1-13
would denote La Nina, while 55-67 would denote El Nino.  Finally, the comparison figures on this
website refer to strong ENSO events, such as might be defined by the top 7 (upper decile)
ranks, such as 1-7 for La Nina, and 61-67 for El Nino.

YEAR    DECJAN  JANFEB  FEBMAR  MARAPR  APRMAY  MAYJUN  JUNJUL  JULAUG  AUGSEP  SEPOCT  OCTNOV  NOVDEC
1950	10	11	6	7	3	5	5	10	14	21	9.5	6
1951	9	9	8	19	19	40	47	54	50	50	48	45
1952	46	38	36	37	21	11	21	20	39	41	25	33
1953	38	44	45	57	54	36	39	37	46	36	37	39
1954	36	37	42	17	4	2	4	5	11	7	11	10
1955	15	16	9	3	1	1	1	1	3	3	1	1
1956	4	6	5	6	5	3	6	9	7	5	15	11
1957	14	27	40	42.5	57	47	55	60	61	60	58	60
1958	63	61	61	61	51	52	50	43	36	40	42	51
1959	49	52	50	36	29	31	29	33	33	30	28	28
1960	30	30	31	28	20	19	20	26	21	24	26	24
1961	34	29	30	30	22.5	24	24	24	26	19	21	18
1962	8	12	15	9	9	8	13	14	18.5	18	18	23
1963	16	14	17	15	14	26	42	45	51	51	53	52
1964	55	46	24	18	6	7	3	4	8	9	8	14
1965	22	28	23	32	44	55	61	62	62	61	63	61
1966	62	59	52	51	24	22.5	28	35	32	31	36	30
1967	26	13	11	8	15	18	15	19	16	17	22	25
1968	18	15	19	11	7	9	14	31	37	43	46	40
1969	51	54	47	54	50	50	43	38	34	46	47	44
1970	45	45	44	27	26	13	10	11	9	11	13	7
1971	5	3	1	1	2	4	7	8	6	6	6	12
1972	20	25	25	23	43	59	64	64	63	63	64	64
1973	64	62	55	50	27	10	11	6	4	4	3	2
1974	1	1	2	2	8	12	12	13	15	12	7	16
1975	23	20	14	12	10	6	2	2	1	1	2	3
1976	3	4	7	5	13	39	46	49	59	53	43	46
1977	48	40	39	53	38	42	52	50	54	56	55	53
1978	54	55	57	35	17	15	18	27	24	32	39	43
1979	50	43	33	39	41	41	40	47	53	49	49	55
1980	52	50	53	58	58	53	51	40	38	39	40	36
1981	33	34	48	56	34	30	31	32	35	37	35	32
1982	32	35	37	29	42	56	62	63	64	65	66	67
1983	68	67	67	67	67	66	63	61	44.5	34	31	31
1984	28	24	41	41	32	27	30	28	30	33	24	19
1985	21	22	16	20	11	25	27	22	20	29	33	27
1986	29	32	35	24	39	38	41	53	60	55	54	58
1987	61	60	63	63	65	64	65	65	65	64	60	62
1988	58	51	49	42.5	31	14	9	7	5	8	5	5
1989	7	7	12	14	16	20	17	16	25	26	32	38
1990	40	49	58	46	48	43	33	34	42	42	41	41
1991	41	41	46	47	53	60	57	57	52	58	59	63
1992	65	64	65	65	64	63	56	44	44.5	48	45	49
1993	53	58	59	62	63	62	60	58	58	59	52	48
1994	44	39	43	48	47	48	53	52	56.5	62	62	59
1995	60	57	56	49	46	44	35	30	23	20	20	22
1996	19	23	26	22	25	33	25	21	22	25	30	26
1997	25	21	27	52	60	67	67	67	67	67	67	66
1998	67	66	66	66	66	61	38	23	17	15	12	15
1999	11	10	13	10	12	16	16	12	12	13	14	9
2000	6	8	10	21	35	29	26	29	27	22	17	21
2001	24	18	20	26	36	32	36	41	28	27	29	35
2002	37	33	28	45	56	54	48	56	56.5	57	56	57
2003	59	56	54	44	30	34	34	39	43	47	44	42
2004	43	42	32	40	45	37	45	48	47	45	51	50
2005	42	53	60	55	55	46	44	42	40	28	23	20
2006	27	26	21	16	28	45	49	51	55	54	61	54
2007	56	48	38	31	37	21	22	18	10	10	9.5	8
2008	12	5	3	13	18	35	32	25	18.5	16	19	17
2009	17	17	18	25	40	49	58	59	49	52	57	56
2010	57	63	62	59	49	17	8	3	2	2	4	4
2011	2	2	4	4	22.5	28	23	15	13	14	16	13
2012	13	19	22	34	52	51	59	46	41	35	38	37
2013	39	36	29	33	33	22.5	19	17	29	38	34	29
2014	31	31	34	38	59	57	54	55	48	44	50	47
2015	47	47	51	60	61	65	66	66	66	66	65	65
2016	66	65	64	64	62	58	37	36	31	23	27	34
2017	35

Next update: 11 March 2017 (hopefully earlier) 

Link to numerical MEI values is here.

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