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15:30 UTC on Wednesday 18 January 2017 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia
Infrared image courtesy of the Japan Meteorological Agency. Blue Marble surface image courtesy of NASA.
IDY28000 Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Bureau National Operations Centre Satellite Notes for 1200UTC chart 18 January 2017 Issued at 12:17 am EDT Thursday on 19 January 2017 A cloud band with embedded thunderstorms extends from a low over central Western Australia through northern South Australia and New South Wales to the Tasman Sea. This is associated with a trough of low pressure. Cold air to the west of this system producing large areas of speckled cloud near Tasmania. A cold front is approaching WA from the west producing a cloud band. A broad trough extends from southwest Western Australia through the Pilbara and Kimberley regions and extends to the Northern Territory. Middle and high level cloud with embedded thunderstorms are occurring over much of WA and northern parts of the NT due to this trough. Isolated thunderstorms are also occurring over far north Queensland.