Australia Satellite Notes
Areas of cloud across the tropics in a broad area of low pressure is triggering storms ans showers, mainly in the Top End. Patchy cloud over NSW and VIC in a trough is gradually dispersing due to strong winds aloft. Cloud is crossing TAS ahead of a front, but it's mostly dry.
Backyards in Queanbeyan and parts of Canberra have been covered with "golf-ball sized" hailstones and the roof of a supermarket has partially collapsed after a storm hit the region.
A western Queensland church has raised more than $90,000 for a scheme to keep rural contractors in work during the ongoing drought.
Much of southeastern Australia is experiencing its sunniest week since spring and skies have been staying clear at night, effectively giving planet gazers a fine-tuned view of a rare feature.