Bright cloud in the southeast with a trough and embedded low is bringing gusty showers and thunderstorms, clearing in VIC and NSW. Low cloud over SA, TAS and southern WA in onshore winds is causing showers. Cloud over northern WA with a weak trough is producing the odd shower.
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:
11:13 EST The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) says it has received about 1,000 calls for help since a severe hail storm hit Sydney and the Blue Mountains late yesterday, adding to the backlog created by a powerful east coast low earlier in the week.