My general question is what's with the wind as a driving force?

Could not the wind be the *result* of the pressure differential caused by the ENSO dipole? Wind is always the result of a pressure differential from what I understand.

But if the wind is the forcing mechanism, what ultimately forces the wind? They will say it is random fluctuations apparently. And that is the premise of that paper.

QBO is also a wind, yet I have shown that is likely due to lunisolar forcing. Yet I believe most think that QBO is driven by ENSO or by gravity waves in the lower troposphere. That is a circular reasoning logic flaw if you ask me. Wind => ENSO => QBO Wind ????

So a much more plausible and parsimonious theory is to assume that ENSO and QBO are both driven by lunisolar forcing. But because ENSO is a longitudinally constrained effect whereas QBO is world-wide, the forcing factors are not precisely in phase. Only when the lunar periods match up transiently do you see some synchronization.

Those are the questions and ideas that I have that no one can answer.

They probably can't answer this odd finding either which I added to another forum thread this morning:

Interesting how that the tidal gauge SLH readings can anticipate ENSO by two years?

One thing I noticed attending the AGU is a lack of genuine intellectual curiosity compared to other scientific disciplines that I have been involved in. Like this paper, they generate way too many wordy narratives that are just too much of a snooze. Much more interesting to do apply fresh types of analysis to see what you can find. Just my opinion.