Cloud is increasing over western TAS ahead of a cold front, but it is not yet bringing any rain. Patchy cloud over the northeast near a trough is causing a few showers. Skies are clearer elsewhere near a ridge of high pressure.
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:
00:30 EDT Locals on the Cocos Islands have spent Christmas Day hunkered down in their homes, as Tropical Cyclone Kate passed just north of the tiny community more than 2,000 kilometres off the West Australian coast.