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19:30 AWST on Thursday 27 April 2017 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia
Images from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite Himawari 8 via Bureau of Meteorology.
IDY28000 Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Bureau National Operations Centre Satellite Notes for 0000UTC Chart on 28 April 2017 Issued at 11:18 am EST Friday on 28 April 2017 Tropical Cyclone "Frances", Category 2, currently lies to the north of Derby (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 northern half of the Northern Territory. Frances is moving west southwest at 21km/h and is expected to remain over the 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. Areas of low cloud linger along the coast of NSW, with some enhanced shower activity and convective cloud in the vicinity of the embedded trough. A high pressure system lies over the western coast of South Australia, which is trapping moisture near the ground. This is causing widespread regions of low cloud over eastern SA and western parts of NSW and Victoria. A weak cold front is moving southeastwards away from Tasmania, with a trough extending towards the Tasmanian east coast. Patchy low and middle level cloud is seen covering the state, while thin high cloud is moving quickly to the northeast, transported by strong upper level winds. Moisture in the middle levels of the atmosphere is being carried down from the Indian Ocean across the interior of 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.