Patchy cloud over much of WA with a trough is generating widespread thunderstorms. Cloud moving over eastern TAS, eastern VIC and southeastern NSW with a strong southerly flow is producing gusty cool showers. Cloud over QLD with another trough is stimulating thundery 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:
20:59 EDT Power has been restored to most households in Perth after a spectacular electrical storm last night blacked out more than 27,000 homes.