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18:30 AEST on Thursday 28 April 2016 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Apr 28 08:30:00 2016

Images from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT via Bureau of Meteorology.

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for the 0600UTC chart on 28 April 2016
Issued at 5:00 pm EST Friday on 29 April 2016

A ridge of high pressure extends over NSW and Queensland associated with a
blocking high in the Tasman Sea. This system is maintaining a moist onshore air
stream and generating localised areas of patchy low cloud along the northern New
South Wales and Queensland coasts.

A middle to high level cloud band streaming over central parts of WA, SA, NSW
and Vic is associated with an upper level Jet Stream. The band has thickened
over the south east due to interactions with surface troughs. This interaction
has helped generate thunderstorms over NSW.

A cold front with a well defined cloud band is passing over Vic Tas and south to
the Southern Ocean. In the wake of this front, another cold front can be seen in
the Bight with the frontal cloud band swirling around the associated low
pressure system.

There is some low convective cloud over the NT associated with the daytime