Fairfax Media Network

Mackay 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

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.

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cold weather: If you're shivering, spare a thought for these cows

23:49 EST

Australia's east coast is shivering through a cold snap this weekend, with cooler temperatures set to remain in some cities into next week.

NSW cold snap: temperatures plummet as parts of the state blanketed in frost

14:02 EST

New South Wales has been gripped by freezing conditions with some parts of the state dipping below -10 degrees Celsius and others experiencing their coldest temperatures in decades.

Farmers across New South Wales dealing with dry winter, ballooning hay and feed prices

13:08 EST

Farmers across New South Wales are being forced to freight in hay from hundreds of kilometres away and sell off stock, as the wait for rain drags on.