The influence of the Indian Ocean dipole mode on precipitation over the Seychelles

  • Harou A
  • Lajoie R
  • Kniveton D
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Correlation and composite analysis are applied to study the atmosphericoceanic mechanisms related to precipitation on the largest island of the Seychelles archipelago, Mahe, in the equatorial western Indian Ocean (EWIO). Significant relationships are found to exist between precipitation and a reversal in zonal wind in the equatorial Indian Ocean (IO), cooler sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the eastern and southern IO and convergence over Eastern Africa. The observed SST and zonal wind anomalies affecting rainfall in the EWIO are also characteristics of the dipole mode, an Indian Ocean event of internal variability measured by the dipole mode index (DMI). The SeptemberOctoberNovember DMI is significantly correlated to DecemberJanuaryFebruary precipitation in the EWIO, explaining up to 20% of the variance. The analysis suggests an additional influence on variability of rainfall over the EWIO by the sea surface temperatures of the southwest Indian Ocean.

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  • Dipole mode
  • Precipitation
  • Seychelles
  • Western Indian Ocean

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  • Aurelie P. Harou

  • Robert F. Lajoie

  • Dominic R. Kniveton

  • Michael R. Frogley

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