As with ENSO, we can train QBO on separate intervals and compare the fit on each interval. The QBO 30 hPa data runs from 1953 to the present. So we take a pair of intervals — one from 1953-1983 (i.e. lower) and one from 1983-2013 (i.e. higher) — and compare the two.
The primary forcing factor is the seasonally aliased nodal or Draconic tide which is shown in the upper left on the figure. The lower interval fit in BLUE matches extremely well to the higher interval fit in RED, with a correlation coefficient above 0.8.
These two intervals have no inherent correlation other than what can be deduced from the physical behavior generating the time-series. The other factors are the most common long-period tidal cycles, along with the seasonal factor. All have good correlations — even the aliased anomalistic tide (lower left), which features a pair of closely separated harmonics, clearly shows strong phase coherence over the two intervals.
That’s what my AGU presentation was about — demonstrating how QBO and ENSO are simply derived from known geophysical forcing mechanisms applied to the fundamental mathematical geophysical fluid dynamics models. Anybody can reproduce the model fit with nothing more than an Excel spreadsheet and a Solver plugin.
Here are the PowerPoint slides from the presentation.