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Adelaide Sellicks 256km Radar/Lightning

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Bureau of Meteorology Weather Radar

Lightning Data Upgrade - NEW

Lightning Events

lightning Lightning strikes are displayed as crosses (ground events) or squares (cloud events) and fade from white (current) to red (30 minutes ago) to blue (60 minutes ago).

In December 2014 we upgraded our lightning network to the latest in sensor technology as used by the world's leading meteorological agencies. This has resulted in changes and improvements to the lightning data you will now see. The main changes are:

  • Much better detection of cloud to cloud strikes. Our upgraded network detects more CC strikes and better reflects research that shows typical storm cells produce approximately 75% cloud strikes and 25% ground strikes.
  • We have modified the display to show cloud to cloud strikes in smaller boxes and ground strikes above as "+" symbols. Temporal colouring remains the same.
  • Greater network coverage right across the country.

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About Weatherzone Radar

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Lightning data supplied by GPATS

Radar Details

Adelaide/Sellicks Hill Weather Watch Radar
South Australia
35.3300°S  138.5000°E  385m AMSL

LocationSellicks Hill Radar TypeWF 100 C Band Typical Availability24 hours

The Sellicks Hill radar is located on top of an escarpment which is part of the southern extension of the Mt Lofty Ranges. The escarpment is orientated from northeast to southwest. The radar antenna elevation is approximately 350 metres above sea level. The radar has excellent coverage in all directions up to a range of 250 km. In windy conditions, partial beam reflection from waves on St Vincent Gulf (5 km to the west) results in a quasi permanent weak echo area extending from approximately 315 degrees true to 240 degrees true. This can be distinguished from real echoes which are smaller in size and usually show steady mobility. Heavy rain directly over the radar site can cause attenuation of all signals. Path attenuation can also occur when the radar beam passes through intense rainfall, with the returned signal from cells further along that path reduced.

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