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Northern Territory Sea Surface Temperature

The sea surface temperature (SST) varies much more slowly than atmospheric temperatures due to the heat capacity of water. As such, the SSTs lag the atmospheric temperatures on a seasonal timescale by about 3 months. The lowest SSTs are usually observed in early Spring and the highest SSTs are observed in early Autumn.

In tropical regions, SSTs greater than 26°C are considered suitable for formation of tropical cyclones.

The data displayed in this map is the weekly average, centred on the date shown.

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State of the Climate: Thank goodness for ocean sinks currently holding more warming extremes at bay

00:06 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and CSIRO's joint biennial State of the Climate report has just been released and it is not the kind of report card you would want to take home to your parents just before Christmas.

Severe thunderstorm hits Sydney, delaying flights and leaving thousands without power

21:55 EDT

A severe thunderstorm has hit Sydney and other parts of NSW, causing flight cancellations and leaving thousands without power.

Walgett has two rivers but no water left to drink

18:51 EDT

One of the river beds has deep cracks.