Northern Territory Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies
The sea surface temperature anomaly (SSTA) is the difference between the observed SST and the climatological SST. These anomalies are calculated on a weekly basis.
Positive SSTAs are usually correlated with increased regions of convection (cloudiness and rainfall) while negative SSTAs are usually correlated to reduced convection.
SSTAs can be used as an indicator of the phase of global climate fluctuations, such as the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
The data displayed in this map is the weekly average, centred on the date shown.
Heatwave conditions are set to scorch southern Queensland today for a second time in just over a week, with paramedics preparing for another spike in heat-related cases.
The Queensland channel country town of Boulia enjoyed some good rain at last in 2016 with the Bureau of Meteorology recording five times the 2015 rainfall.
Being able to enjoy water sports on an outback cattle station is not something that happens very often, especially in the desert.