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12:30 AWST on Saturday 30 April 2016 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia
Images from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT via Bureau of Meteorology.
IDY28000 Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Bureau National Operations Centre Satellite Notes for the 1800UTC chart on 30 April 2016 Issued at 5:42 am EST Sunday on 01 May 2016 A slow moving high in the Tasman Sea extends a firm ridge along the Queensland coast. Moist onshore winds are persisting with patchy low cloud over eastern districts of Queensland. A cloud band is streaming through the interior of the country and merges with a major cold front and trough moving across NSW and Victoria. The atmosphere is particularly unstable along the edge of the cold front and trough with an active line of thunderstorms evident. This extends further south to connect with and intensifying low to the west of Tasmania. The strong upper level winds are enhancing the cloud through this area. Further east, a line of showers and isolated thunderstorms is visible over the Tasman Sea and is associated with a trough. Mostly clear across the remainder of the country apart of patchy low cloud along the southern Western Australia coast and some convective cloud over the Gulf of Carpentaria and Top End.