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20:00 ACST on Thursday 27 April 2017 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Apr 27 10:30:00 2017

Images from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite Himawari 8 via Bureau of Meteorology.

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for 1800UTC Chart on 27 April 2017
Issued at 5:51 am EST Friday on 28 April 2017

Tropical Cyclone "Frances", Category 2, currently lies to the west northwest of
Darwin. Deep convection and frequent thunderstorm activity can be seen near the
centre of the Tropical Cyclone, with thin high level cloud streaming off across
the Kimberley and northern half of the Northern Territory.

A southerly airflow is maintained along the coast of New South Wales and eastern
Victoria, with a trough of low pressure embedded in the flow currently observed
near the central coast. Areas of low cloud linger along the coast of NSW, with
some enhanced shower activity and convective cloud in the vicinity of the
embedded trough.

A high pressure system lies over the western coast of South Australia, which is
trapping moisture near the ground. This has lead to the development of
widespread regions of low cloud over eastern SA and western parts of NSW and

A weak cold front is moving southeastwards away from Tasmania, with a trough
extending across central parts of the state. Patchy low and middle level cloud
is seen covering the state, while thin high cloud is moving quickly to the
northeast, transported by strong upper level winds.

Moisture in the middle levels of the atmosphere is being carried down from the
Indian Ocean across the interior of Western Australia by a middle level trough.
Areas of middle level cloud are observed over the southern interior and coast,
while upper level cloud is being dragged eastward across the northern interior
by an upper level jetstream.