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Radar Details

Mackay Windfinding and Weather Watch Radar
Queensland
21.1170°S  149.2170°E  31m AMSL

LocationMt Bassett, Mackay Harbour Radar TypeWF 44 S Band Typical Availability0000-0915; 1030-1515; 1630-2115; 2230-0000

Mackay radar has a good view of the surrounding area and is rarely affected by anomalous propagation. Some permanent echoes occur to the north and west. Showers in the SE trade wind flow are generally well picked up but when they are restricted in height the range of detection decreases so that showers around the Whitsunday Islands and northward can be under-represented. Generally the radar's range for coastal showers extends from about St Lawrence to Bowen. 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. During episodes of fresh to strong winds (>20kt or 38km/h) sea clutter can be seen up to 30km from the coast possibly masking light inshore showers.

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Cyclone Debbie damage bill for farmers could be in the billions, agricultural groups warn

17:34 EDT

Cyclone Debbie has the potential to wipe out fruit, vegetable and sugar cane crops worth more than a billion dollars, devastating regional communities and sending prices soaring at the green grocers.

BOM warning as Cyclone Debbie intensifies; emergency alert issued in Mackay

17:26 EDT

Torrential rain is falling in Mackay and local authorities have issued a storm surge warning as Tropical Cyclone Debbie makes its presence felt in the north Queensland city.

Cyclone Debbie: A quick guide for residents

17:24 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Debbie is just hours from reaching the north Queensland coast.