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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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Weather News

State and Federal Governments in talks over drought relief for WA farmers

18:30 EST

The West Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan will urge the Federal Government to consider drought assistance for WA farmers during a critically low rainfall season.

Wet to dry in 12 months: After record June rain last year, worried farmers look to skies for more

16:51 EST

A year ago, Australia experienced its second-wettest June on record, but 12 months on, farmers in parts of inland New South Wales are worried they will not have enough.

BOM weather forecast shows cold snap for south-east Queensland over weekend

16:09 EST

South-east Queensland's above-average winter temperatures are set to plummet as a cold snap hits the region on Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.