Fairfax Media Network

Newcastle 256km Radar/Lightning

Satellite Image

light dBZ scale heavy
Bureau of Meteorology Weather Radar

About Weatherzone Radar

distance measuring Distance and latitude/longitude coordinates are displayed when you mouse over the map. The origin for distance measuring is indicated by a red dot and defaults to either your location, if specified and in range, or the location of the radar/the centre of the map. The origin may be changed by clicking elsewhere on the map.

The colours and symbols used on the radar and satellite maps are described on our legend page. View legend »

Radar Details

Newcastle Weather Watch Radar
New South Wales/ACT
32.7317°S  152.0250°E  84m AMSL

LocationLemon Tree Passage Radar TypeWSR 74 S Band Typical Availability24 hours

The Newcastle radar has a very good view in all directions and is the primary weather radar for the populated areas around Newcastle and the New South Wales central coast. It should provide useful weather information as far north as Port Macquarie, west to Wollemi National Park and South to Campbelltown. There is a tendency to observe areas of false echoes within approximately 100 kilometres of the radar over the sea. These anomalous propagations are easily identified and are displayed as a mass of low intensity echoes, constantly changing shape with no apparent direction of movement from one radar scan to the next. True rain echoes normally have a consistent direction of movement. This radar is often unable to detect light showers or drizzle beyond a range of 100 kilometres. Heavy rain over the radar site will cause attenuation of all signals. Path attenuation also occurs when the radar beam passes through an intense thunderstorm cell; the returned signal from cells further along that path will be reduced. Apart from these features, the radar performs well and gives a reasonably accurate representation of rainfall intensity.

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone Nora: BOM warns system may brew into category four storm in Gulf of Carpentaria

21:50 EDT

A severe category four tropical cyclone could develop off the Queensland coast on Saturday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned.

Tropical Cyclone Nora: BOM issues warning as storm approaches Gulf of Carpentaria

19:13 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Nora is passing by north-east Arnhem land this evening, before moving to the Cape York Peninsula and intensifying over the weekend.

World Meteorological Day: Weather Ready, Climate Smart

15:30 EDT

Today is World Meteorological Day, a tongue-twister that is celebrated annually on March 23rd.