Western Australia North 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.
This Mother's Day weekend will see Mother Nature spread totals of at least 20mm to half of Australia, along with some damaging winds.
"I wouldn't say the drought is over ...
Three named cyclones, none of which came within cooee of the coast â?? that's how will be remembered.