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Sea surface temperature departures from average across the Indian Ocean
Strong Positive Indian Ocean Dipole Event, May-Dec 2019
[27-Feb-20] Sea surface temperature departures from average across the Indian Ocean from May through December 2019. By June of 2019, below-average sea surface temperatures developed off the west coast of Java, indicating the beginning of a positive Indian Ocean Dipole event. Cooler-than-average surface temperature departures in the eastern Indian Ocean and warmer-than-average departures in the western Indian Ocean strengthened through October of 2019, indicating the peak of the positive Indian Ocean Dipole event. The event began to dissipate by November of 2019, as the eastern Indian Ocean warmed relative to average. Credit: Climate.gov figure from NOAA View maps.

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