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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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Lightning data supplied by GPATS

Radar Details

West Takone Weather Watch Radar
Tasmania
41.1810°S  145.5790°E  400m AMSL

LocationLoones Hill, West Takone Radar TypeWSR 81 C Band Typical Availability24 hours

The radar coverage is 360 degrees and encompasses much of Bass Strait, Tasmania's northwest, central north and to a lesser extent, the northeast and the west coast as far south as Strahan. The coverage to the south is limited in range by the Central Plateau. In all this radar has proven to be an invaluable forecasting and monitoring tool. False echoes are sometimes viewed close in from the nearby pine plantations particularly in damp conditions. Anomalous propagation from Bass Strait cause similar echoes. Permanent echo suppression and swept gain characteristics take care of the majority of these.

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