Mackay 128km 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

Latest monsoon onset for Darwin on record is now a certainty despite recent rain

19:29 EDT

The deadline for the latest monsoon onset on record has come and gone and there is still no official monsoon for Darwin.

Moira Shire finally gets drought-relief grant from the Federal Government

17:30 EDT

It has taken months but the small regional shire that "wasn't agricultural enough" for a Federal Government grant has finally been approved for funding.

Man rescued from floodwaters as north Queensland deluge causes flash flooding with more rain forecast

17:27 EDT

Emergency services have rescued a man stranded in floodwaters in the Burdekin in north Queensland, as torrential rain of more than half a metre falls in parts of the region, causing localised flooding and a rock slide in Townsville.