Queensland 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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Broken Hill cops a drenching with half of all last year's rainfall falling in just 20 minutes

18:56 EST

Dry outback towns in the New South Wales far west have been drenched with their heaviest rainfalls in recent years including Broken Hill, hit with unusual flash flooding.

Northern Territory September rain and thunderstorms

13:12 EST

A low pressure trough has drawn in tropical moisture and spread it across northern parts of the Northern Territory, resulting in significant September rain and a few storms.