Mt Gambier 256km Radar/Lightning

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Mt Gambier Windfinding and Weather Watch Radar
South Australia
37.7500°S  140.7800°E  69m AMSL

LocationMt Gambier Airport Radar TypeWF 100 C Band Typical Availability2145-0815; 0945-1415; 1545-2015

The Mt Gambier radar is located at the Meteorological Office, 9 km north of the city of Mt Gambier. The elevation of the radar antenna is 84 metres above sea level. Extensive pine forests lie to the near north and west of the Meteorological Office. The radar has good coverage in most directions up to a range of about 200 km. It should provide useful weather information as far north as the eastern fringes of the Little Desert National Park, west to Cape Jaffa and east to Warrnambool. False echoes can occasionally be observed very close to the radar, especially in stable conditions. These anomalous propagations are easily identified and are displayed as a mass of low intensity echoes, constantly changing shape with no apparent direction in movement from one radar scan to the next. They can normally be distinguished from "real" echoes which are larger, exhibit more uniform movement and change character more steadily. Echoes within approximately five kilometres of the radar and overhead can be poorly resolved as the scanning elevation is too low. Apart from these features, the radar performs well and gives a reasonably accurate representation of rainfall intensity.

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Cyclone Trevor creates wind gusts as violent as Cyclone Tracy before downgrading to tropical low

11:15 EDT

At its peak, ex-tropical Cyclone Trevor was as powerful as 1974's devastating Cyclone Tracy, with wind gusts of up to 250 kilometres per hour.

Cyclone Veronica poses the biggest risk to the Pilbara in a decade, authorities warn

10:38 EDT

Western Australia's Pilbara coast is being pummelled by gale force winds and torrential rain from Cyclone Veronica, with authorities warning the system poses the biggest risk to the region in a decade.

Cyclone Trevor's destructive eye slams Northern Territory coastline with 250kph winds

06:40 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Trevor has been downgraded to a tropical low, but will continue to bring heavy rain as it weakens further and reaches outback communities on Sunday.