Bright cloud over WA, the NT and northwestern QLD with a broad trough is triggering areas of rain and storms. Cloud moving up the east coast with a cool change is bringing showers and severe storms for NSW. Skies are mostly clear in VIC and eastern SA under a weak high.
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:
21:32 EDT Severe thunderstorms and damaging winds have caused chaos across Sydney, with the SES looking at more than 500 jobs, mainly roof damage from heavy rain and strong winds.