Australia Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies

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climate indicator

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.

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Weather News

Rockhampton left reeling after La Nina rains fail in Queensland

17:00 EDT

La Niña has overlooked some towns and farms in Queensland this time around, with some places just enduring one of their driest starts to a year on record.

More storms in eastern Australia today

10:08 EDT

A second day of severe thunderstorms will hit parts of Queensland and NSW today, with large hail, damaging wind and heavy rain all possible in both states.

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