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Yarrawonga 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

Yarrawonga Weather Watch Radar
Victoria
36.0280°S  146.0280°E  0m AMSL

LocationYarrawonga Radar TypeWSR 81C C Band Typical Availability24 hours

The Yarrawonga radar has a very good view in all directions and is the primary weather radar for Northern Victoria, which includes the Goulbourn Valley. It should provide useful weather information as far south as Marysville, west to Bendigo and north to Griffith. The advantage of the "C Band" radar is that it is better at detecting smaller drops so therefore performs better in light rain situations. The Yarrawonga radar has a greater ability to resolve thunderstorms in the summer months when echoes are generally larger. Being a "C Band" radar, if there are large thunderstorms in the area, the radar may not be able to determine accurately the strength of additional storms located behind the closest storms. False echoes can be sometimes observed very close to the radar especially in stable conditions. These are normally easy to distinguish because they are usually of the lowest intensity level and are very small and randomly scattered. Echoes within approximately five kilometres of the radar and overhead can be poorly resolved as the scanning elevation is too low.

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