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Australian Satellite/Lightning

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Australia Satellite Notes

A broad northwest cloudband stretching from northern WA to northeast NSW is producing areas of rain and a few thunderstorms. Speckled cloud surging over SA, VIC, TAS and southern NSW near a front is producing showers, small hail and alpine snow.

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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More good rain falls over inland NSW

11:33 EST Further healthy rainfall totals have fallen over inland New South Wales across the past 24 hours, with more rain likely on Monday and Tuesday.

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