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comparing numbers using WHERE doesn't work

Hi folks:
    I have noticed a strange occurence when I try to compare a number with
all the elements of an array.  I'll show my situation in an example.
Consider the following array:
a = [2.0000, 2.1000, 2.2000, 2.3000, 2.4000, 2.5000, 2.6000].
Let, x = 2.2000, y = 2.4000
    So, I want to find which elements of a match up with x and y.
Naturally, I do the following:

index0 = WHERE(a EQ x)
index0 = index[0]  ; convert from 1-D array to single integer.
index1 = WHERE(a EQ y)
index1 = index[0]

So, when I execute, I may get the following:
PRINT, index0

PRINT, index1

The output clearly tells me that x occurs at a[2] and that y does not exist
in a at all.  By inspection, IDL should return the value 4.  Does anyone
have any idea why this happens?  Thanks,

Mik Kiss