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Australian Satellite/Lightning

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Australia Satellite Notes

Patchy cloud over eastern NSW and QLD with a trough is causing areas of rain and thunderstorms. Masses of cloud over the interior of WA, the NT and Far North QLD with another trough it triggering thundery showers. Skies are clearer over the south under a high pressure ridge.

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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Persistent rain sparks transport havoc across eastern NSW

12:34 EDT Eastern NSW is currently experiencing a very wet spell with rain this morning making the return to school an agonising task for parents and kids alike in the heavy traffic jams.

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