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Australian Satellite/Lightning

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Australia Satellite Notes

Bright cloud extending over the central NT, QLD and northern NSW with a trough is triggering showers and thunderstorms. Cloud with a front over VIC and TAS is also producing gutsy cool showers. Cloud with a region of low pressure over northern WA is generating thundery showers

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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18:25 EDT Severe storms bringing large hail, damaging winds and rain are expected to intensify and become "very dangerous" as they reach Brisbane this evening, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.

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