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An assessment of coupled IPCC-AR4 models indicates that the termination characteristics and mechanisms of observed El Niño events, involving meridional processes tied to the seasonal cycle, are present in climate models. This includes the processes that precondition the termination of El Niño events in general, and the mechanisms leading to a peculiar termination of extreme El Niño events (such as those of 1982-3 and 1997-8), in which the eastern equatorial Pacific warm Sea Surface Temperaturedoi:10.1007/s00382-009-0562-3 fatcat:pjgpr53t65ebxnmyic72j6d5ym