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04:30 AEST on Saturday 18 January 2020 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Fri Jan 17 18:30:00 2020

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 6:24 pm EDT Saturday on 18 January 2020

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Claudia remains well offshore from the WA west coast over
the Indian Ocean with only a small area of middle and high level cloud

A broad surface trough extends from western WA across central Australia to
eastern QLD. Another surface trough extends from southeast QLD through northeast
NSW and into the Tasman Sea. Thunderstorms can be seen to the north of the
surface trough over northern and northwestern WA, the southern NT, and near the
coasts of the Top End, northern QLD, southeast QLD and northeast NSW. A middle
level cloud band extends over eastern NSW and through the Tasman Sea to the
South Island of New Zealand.

Middle to high level cloud is streaming across parts of northern SA, northern
Vic and western NSW ahead of an upper level trough, with thunderstorms
developing over eastern VIC and southern NSW.

Some low cloud extends over TAS and southern VIC in a moist onshore airstream
driven by a high pressure ridge over the Southern Ocean. Low cloud is also over
southern WA due to a new ridge moving over the region.