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00:30 AEST on Friday 20 July 2018 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Jul 19 14:30:00 2018

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 1800UTC Chart
Issued at 5:00 am EST Friday on 20 July 2018

The cloud band crossing southeast Australia is associated with a broad and
strong cold front. Thunderstorms are embedded within this cloud band, while the
speckled cloud in the cold air behind this front is indicative of active
convection and thunderstorms. Southern WA and SA is also experiencing areas of
low cloud in the wake of this cold front.

An upper level jet-streak has produced high cloud over parts of eastern NSW,
streaming offshore. High cloud drifting south from thunderstorm activity over
Papua New Guinea is also evident over Cape York Peninsula.

Areas of low and mid level cloud over central Qld is due to a moist easterly
onshore flow assisted by a surface trough. Patchy mid to upper level cloud has
developed over central parts of the NT and northwest Qld, as upper winds bring
tropical moisture south over northern Australia.

The remainder of the continent is mainly cloud free under the influence of a
high pressure ridge extending across central Australia.