Bright cloud across northern NSW, QLD and central Australia amongst a series of troughs is causing showers and thunderstorms, potentially severe in QLD. Bands of cloud crossing TAS and the coasts of SA and western VIC with a front are bringing light showers.
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:
12:40 EDT The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting an improved outlook for summer rain in January for much of drought-affected Queensland.