you are not logged in | login or join us

Australian Satellite/Lightning

Satellite Image




  •  
JMA MT-SAT

Australia Satellite Notes

Patchy low cloud over SA, VIC and TAS in moist southwesterly winds is only bringing a few light showers. Bright cloud over the west coast of WA in a trough is producing patchy rain. Patchy cloud near the north coast of NSW in a weak trough is triggering the odd thundery shower.

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.

Related Links

About Weatherzone Satellite

The colours and symbols used on the radar and satellite maps are described on our legend page. View legend »

Site search


Enter a postcode or town name for local weather, or text to search the site. » advanced search

What does the Northern Territory 2015/16 Budget mean for the bush?

ABC image 18:22 EST This year's Northern Territory Budget appears to be a straightforward one, with no real surprises or significant announcements for the bush.

Help with Weatherzone