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16:30 AEST on Wednesday 18 July 2018 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Wed Jul 18 06:30:00 2018

Infrared image courtesy of the Japan Meteorological Agency. Blue Marble surface image courtesy of NASA.

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
 
Satellite Notes for 1800UTC Chart
Issued at 5:00 am EST Thursday on 19 July 2018

 
The cloud band stretching from southern WA through the Bight to Tasmania is
associated with a broad and strong cold front. Thunderstorms are embedded within
this cloud band, while the speckled cloud west of this front is also indicative
of active convection and thunderstorms.

An upper level jet-streak has produced high cloud over southern NSW. High cloud,
drifting from thunderstorm activity over Papua New Guinea, is also evident over
the north coast of Cape York Peninsula. 

Low cloud is evident over northern Queenslands due to a moist easterly onshore
flow. Patchy middle level cloud over the northern Interior of WA was generated
by an earlier upper level disturbance.

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