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Australian Satellite/Lightning

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Australia Satellite Notes

Thick cloud over northern WA in moist, unstable air is causing rain and storms. Cloud over the NT and western QLD in a trough is causing a few storms. Cloud spreading across the south is causing patchy rain over inland WA and the Nullarbor near a trough, little elsewhere.

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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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Wintry winds to chill TAS while QLD and NSW bakes

13:48 EDT Tomorrow will be t-shirts verses overcoats as Queensland and northern New South Wales bake in temperatures in the high thirties and forties while Tasmania is dealt single-digit temperatures in bitter, snowy winds.

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