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Western Tropical Indian Ocean (WTIO) SST index
The WTIO SST anomaly index is an indicator of the surface temperatures in a cross-equatorial region spanning the western tropical Indian Ocean. It is one half of the Dipole Mode Index, an indicator of the east-west gradient in sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean. It is calculated with SSTs in the box 50°E - 70°E, 10°S - 10°N.
In the full series case, monthly averages are shown by the plus signs, three month running mean filtered index values are shown by the shaded regions. In the "last two years" case, weekly averages are shown by the plus signs and the monthly average values are shown by the shaded regions.The weekly standard deviation of the index over the period 1982-2005 is indicated on the plot.
The index is calculated using the Reynolds OIv2 SST analysis, made available through the by NOAA/ESRL, and is updated weekly (last update 01-SEP-2021). get series (netcdf 24kB) » get error (netcdf 24kB) »
The anomaly is calculated relative to a monthly climatological seasonal cycle based on the years 1982-2005. The monthly climatology is linearly interpolated to determine weekly anomalies.Spatial averaging of the gridded analysis was weighted by surface area.
The uncertainty of the index is estimated to be 0.06529 degrees C over the period 1982-present, and is based on the uncertainty estimate obtained from the objective interpolation analysis.
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