Speckled cloud in eastern NSW in the wake of a cold front, is triggering a few showers, mostly offshore. Patchy jetstream cloud forming west of the ranges is not bringing any rain. Skies are clearer in the far west under a high pressure ridge.
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:
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