Mackay 256km Radar/Lightning

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Radar Details

Mackay Windfinding and Weather Watch Radar
Queensland
21.1170°S  149.2170°E  31m AMSL

LocationMt Bassett, Mackay Harbour Radar TypeWF 44 S Band Typical Availability0000-0915; 1030-1515; 1630-2115; 2230-0000

Mackay radar has a good view of the surrounding area and is rarely affected by anomalous propagation. Some permanent echoes occur to the north and west. Showers in the SE trade wind flow are generally well picked up but when they are restricted in height the range of detection decreases so that showers around the Whitsunday Islands and northward can be under-represented. Generally the radar's range for coastal showers extends from about St Lawrence to Bowen. Path attenuation also occurs when the radar beam passes through an intense thunderstorm cell; the returned signal from cells further along that path will be reduced. Apart from these features, the radar performs well and gives a reasonably accurate representation of rainfall intensity. During episodes of fresh to strong winds (>20kt or 38km/h) sea clutter can be seen up to 30km from the coast possibly masking light inshore showers.

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Weather News

Tropical Cyclone Seroja update

13:39 EST

Tropical Cyclone Seroja is tracking in a south-southeast direction and is expected to make landfall just north of Geraldton later this evening or early on Monday morning.

Powerful south-westerly ground swell impacts Tasmania

13:39 EST

Very large, long period waves are making for treacherous conditions along the western and northern coastlines of Tasmania.  A series of cold fronts, which have brought gusty winds and cold conditions to much of the southeast, generated these large waves over the last week. Intense south to south-westerly winds over the Southern Ocean directed towards Australia with these fronts built this powerful swell event with passage of each frontal system across an already active sea state.  On Tasmania’s western coast, the Cape Sorell directional wave buoy captured some very large waves bringing dangerous surf.

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