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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Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hit by very dangerous storms, BOM warns of flash flooding

20:22 EDT

Severe storms have swept across South-East Queensland, dropping giant hail near Gympie and dumping 76 millimetres of rain on the Gold Coast in half an hour.

Brisbane storm brings short burst of heavy rain as giant hail falls on Sunshine and Gold coasts

20:22 EDT

An early afternoon storm system brought fierce winds and golf-ball-sized hail to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Severe storms in SE Queensland

19:02 EDT

Brisbane has been hit by a severe thunderstorm for the second time in three days.