Katherine 256km Radar/Lightning

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Radar Details

Katherine/Tindal Weather Watch Radar
Northern Territory
14.5130°S  132.4460°E  131m AMSL

LocationRAAF Base Tindal Radar TypeWSR 81C-8 C Band Typical Availability24 hours

The Tindal radar is located on a small hill and offers a good view in all directions and no permanent echos are evident. The appearance of "false echoes" or Anomalous Propagation (AP) is generally limited to occasions where there are significant temperature inversions (in normally stable conditions) in the lower atmosphere. AP can fluctuate rapidly from one image to the next as the inversion is forming or dissipating, however, it has a quite static appearance and can normally be distinguished from "real" echoes which exhibit some movement and a definite life cycle of development and decay. RAAF aircraft operating in the area, particularly to the west and southwest, can drop "chaff" which will give a weak radar return. Such echoes normally dissipate quickly, seldom lasting longer than 15 to 20 minutes. The radar can suffer some attenuation loss during heavy precipitation events. In these instances, the leading echoes are normally displayed at "true" intensity, while trailing echoes may be displayed at a lower intensity due to some loss in signal strength. It is rare to observe echoes at a range greater than 300 km. The display of echoes at 300 km is indicative of the upper structure of a storm exceeding 12 km in height, however, echoes from storms at that distance may not display accurate intensities since the radar beam is generally directed above the most intensive part of the storm.

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Weather News

Nature's fireworks light up the skies of the Top End

12:14 EDT

Storms sparked to life over parts of the Top End and Tiwi Islands on Saturday afternoon with some lingering late into the evening.   Storms initially flared up over far eastern parts of the Arnhem district but it was not long before western and central parts, along with the Tiwi Islands, saw storms as well.   Image: Radar imagery showing showers and storms over the Top End.

Coffee and cakes baked with love, as Armidale community recovers after tornado

23:56 EDT

Northern Tableland locals have filled the hearts and bellies of work crews and residents affected by a tornado that swept through Armidale.  Thursday evening's tornado was one of several weather fronts that travelled across the state, bringing with them severe winds, rain and hail.  The area went more than 24 hours without electricity or treated water before power was returned to the community at about 10.30pm on Friday.

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