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02:30 UTC on Wednesday 25 November 2015 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Wed Nov 25 02:30:00 2015

Infrared image courtesy of the Japan Meteorological Agency. Blue Marble surface image courtesy of NASA.

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for the 1200UTC chart on 25 November 2015
Issued at 11:06 pm EDT Wednesday on 25 November 2015

A broad area of low pressure over northern Australia has led to extensive areas
of low to middle level cloud with embedded thunderstorms over central and
northern Western Australia, the NT, west Queensland and northwest South
Australia. High cloud from this system, generated with the thunderstorms, is
evident over central Australia.

Low cloud can be seen over the south coast of WA in a moist southerly airstream
directed by a ridge of high pressure.

A trough of low pressure over southeast Austrlaia combined with an upper level
jet stream has produced the cloud band over Victoria and Tasmania. Thunderstorms
are also observed in this cloud band. 

A secondary driver of the cloud band in southeast Australia is a fast moving
cold front over the Bight towards Tasmania. A large area of cold unstable air
behind the front is represented by the speckled convective cloud on the
satellite image.