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Springtime around Tasmania

High pressure over the Tasman Sea on November 21, 2017 clears the cloud cover and provides ample sunlight for the phytoplankton blooming there. The weather system coupled with a warming climate is also sending the region toward a record-setting heat wave. The surface waters in this region have warmed excessively before and are warming at nearly four times the global rate with serious impacts to local ecosystems.

Click on the above Aqua/MODIS image to get a larger version.