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07:00 ACST on Friday 13 December 2019 | Infrared, greyscale, Australia

Infrared, greyscale, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Dec 12 21:30:00 2019

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

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for the 0600UTC Chart
Issued at 5:03 pm EDT Friday on 13 December 2019

A patchy middle to upper level cloud band extending from the northern interior
of WA through central Australia to northern NSW is generated by an upper level
trough and the subtropical jet stream.

A broad trough of low pressure extending across northern Australia, including
the Gascoyne Coast, is producing enhanced convection in its vicinity. This
convection includes towering cumulus and thunderstorms that are observed over
northern WA, the Top End of the NT, and northern QLD.

Intense thunderstorms off the northeaster NSW ocast and southeastern QLD coast
is associated with a low pressure trough which extends the cloud band over
Tasman Sea. 

Low cloud over southeast SA, VIC, and TAS is associated with a cool
southwesterly airstream, in the wake of a cold front currently over the southern
Tasman Sea.

Thick low cloud over the NSW coast is produced by an onshore airstream combined
with smoke from ongoing fires over eastern NSW and southeast QLD.

The remainder of the country is largely clear to do a high pressure system over
the Bight.