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11:30 AWST on Saturday 17 March 2018 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Sat Mar 17 03:30:00 2018

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 17 March 2018
Issued at 6:04 am EDT Sunday on 18 March 2018

Tropical Cyclone "Marcus" (Category 2) is approaching the north Kimberley coast.
Heavy rain and thunderstorm areas are occurring with this system. The monsoon
trough extends from "Marcus" across Torres Strait to a small tropical low over
the northwest Coral Sea. Showers and storms are active about the Gulf of
Carpentaria and northern Peninsula QLD.

Further south, middle and high level cloud is streaming from the Bight across
Victoria and Tasmania with isolated embedded thunderstorm activity. This is due
to a strong jet stream and an upper trough. A strong cold front is aligned on
the rear edge of this cloud band and is moving through southern agricultural
areas of South Australia and southwest Victoria then extending further south. A
pronounced pool of cold air is behind the front as evidenced by the speckled
cloud. Onshore winds are directing showers onto the southern Western Australia

The interior of the continent is mostly clear.