Areas of bright cloud over WA, NT and northern QLD along a trough is bringing showers and thunderstorms. Cloud with a front and trough is producing showers and thunderstorms over VIC and NSW. Low cloud over VIC and TAS in the front's wake is causing a few showers.
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:
06:34 EDT A vicious thunderstorm line associated with destructive wind gusts lashed Melbourne and surrounding suburbs last night, causing widespread power outages and damage.