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Australian Satellite/Lightning

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Australia Satellite Notes

Cloud over WA, the northern tropics, eastern QLD and northern NSW amongst low pressure troughs is generating showers and storms. Low cloud over coastal NSW and southern VIC and TAS in brisk southerlies is only causing the odd light shower. Skies are generally clear elsewhere.

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.

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Rain and storms flooding parts of NSW and QLD

13:38 EDT Rain and thunderstorms are bringing some decent falls to central and northern New South Wales and southern and central Queensland, leading to some flooding.

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