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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

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 »

Lightning data supplied by GPATS

Radar Details

Eucla Weather Watch and Windfinding Radar
Western Australia
31.6810°S  128.8920°E  108m AMSL

LocationEucla Meteorological Office Radar TypeWF 100 C Band Typical Availability2100-0700; 0900-1300; 1430-1900

There are no permanent echoes associated with the Eucla radar. During Summer, with moderate to heavy sea haze thrown up by the afternoon sea breezes, there may be quite heavy echoes developed up to 50 kilometres out to sea extending from ESE to SW. Any approaching weather, generally from the SW through to the NW, usually has well defined echoes at up to 300 kilometres range. Thunderstorm and rain areas associated with troughs during Spring and Summer are quite noticeable and easily tracked. 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 signals from cells further along that path reduced.

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