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Australia Satellite Notes

Thick cloud over QLD and NSW with a trough is causing areas of heavy rain and showers. Cloud extending over the northern tropics with the same trough is triggering the odd thundery shower. Patchy cloud over SA, VIC and TAS in cool westerly winds is bringing showers.

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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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Heavy rain and storms coming to southern QLD

11:14 EDT Over the next four days, warm and moist northerly winds will feed a deepening trough over southern and western QLD bringing rain relief to drought declared areas.

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