South Australia Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies

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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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Tropical cyclone watch declared for Gulf communities, system expected to strengthen

18:13 EDT

A cyclone watch is in place for Gulf of Carpentaria communities between Aurukun and Karumba, including Mornington Island, as a tropical low moves slowly towards the Queensland coast.

Unseasonal rain in South Australia

14:58 EDT

Several towns in SA saw on Monday their wettest day in months and the best January rainfall in decades.

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