Global sea level rise temporarily dampened by 2010-11 Australia floods

Three atmospheric patterns came together above the Indian and Pacific Oceans in 2010 and 2011.  When they did, they drove so much precipitation over Australia that the world's ocean levels dropped measurably. Unlike other continents, the soils and topography of Australia prevent almost all its precipitation from flowing into the ocean.

For the complete story, with supplemental images, can be found at the National Science Foundation website.

Pictured to the right: The entrance to the high ferris wheel in Brisbane is submerged under water (NSF image link).