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Kunio Yoneyama, Chidong Zhang, and Charles N. Long

seasons ( Wyrtki 1973 ). The lack of persistent equatorial surface easterly wind makes the Indian Ocean the only tropical ocean without an equatorial cold tongue ( Schott et al. 2009 ). Its sea surface temperature (SST) undergoes irregular interannual fluctuations, known as the Indian Ocean dipole (IOD), which is similar to ENSO in some aspects and distinct in others ( Saji et al. 1999 ). Its atmosphere is often characterized by basin-scale mean subsidence due to overturning circulations forced by

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