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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Record early-season heat in northern Australia

15:07 EDT

Yesterday was exceptionally hot in northern Australia, with a weather station in WA registering the Southern Hemisphere's first 45ºC of the season.

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An intense severe thunderstorm caused a tornado in Brisbane on Friday morning.

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