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R. M. Holmes and L. N. Thomas

( Lien et al. 1995 ; McPhaden 2002 ), the Madden–Julian oscillation ( Chi et al. 2014 ), and tropical instability waves (TIWs) ( Menkes et al. 2006 ; Moum et al. 2009 ; Inoue et al. 2012 ) may have an important impact on the mean state of the Pacific Ocean and thus on global climate. Generated in the eastern tropical Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, TIWs propagate westward with wavelengths of 700–1600 km and periods of 15–40 days ( Qiao and Weisberg 1995 ; Kennan and Flament 2000 ; Willett et al

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