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12:00 ACST on Friday 28 April 2017 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Fri Apr 28 02:30:00 2017

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

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
 
Satellite Notes for 0600UTC Chart on 28 April 2017
Issued at 5:32 pm EST Friday on 28 April 2017

 
Severe Tropical Cyclone "Frances", Category 3, currently lies about 300km
northwest of Kalumburu (WA). Deep convection and frequent thunderstorm activity
can be seen near the centre of the Tropical Cyclone, with thin high level cloud
streaming off across the Kimberley and the Northern Territory. Frances is moving
west southwest at 17km/h and is expected to remain over the western Timor Sea
for the next 24 hours. However, gales may impact the northwest Kimberley coast
during today.

A southerly airflow is maintained along the coast of New South Wales and eastern
Victoria, with a trough of low pressure embedded in the flow currently observed
near the NSW/Qld border. A weak low offshore is causing thunderstorms. Areas of
low cloud linger along the northern NSW and southern Qld coast, with some
enhanced shower activity and convective cloud in the vicinity of the embedded
trough, though mainly offshore.

A high pressure system lies over the western coast of South Australia, which is
trapping moisture near the surface. This is causing widespread regions of low
cloud over eastern SA and western parts of NSW and Victoria.

Patchy low and middle level cloud is seen covering western Tasmania, with some
mountain wave activity visible in the strong westerly flow.

Moisture in the middle levels of the atmosphere is being carried across central
and southern Western Australia by a middle level trough. Areas of middle level
cloud are observed over the southern interior and coast, while upper level cloud
is being dragged eastward across the northern interior by an upper level
jetstream.