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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.

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Weather News

Victorian forecasters predicting more rain but not as 'intense' as yesterday

12:39 EDT

Victoria's north-east is mopping up after flooding that damaged properties, stranded motorists and left a regional sports club with a huge damage bill.

BOM forecast Sydney storm warning with heavy rain and damaging winds

12:30 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned NSW to "be prepared to batten down the hatches", forecasting more wild weather after a night of thunderstorms.

Cyclone Owen to reach category four today as it closes in on Queensland's coast

12:10 EDT

Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen and its wind gusts of nearly 200km/h are continuing to move slowly east towards Queensland's coast.

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