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21:00 ACST on Thursday 26 November 2015 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Nov 26 11:30:00 2015

Images from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT via Bureau of Meteorology.

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for the 1200UTC chart on 26 November 2015
Issued at 11:02 pm EDT Thursday on 26 November 2015

Middle to high level cloud is spreading across the southwest of the continent.
An active trough of low pressure over the west coast of Western Australia has
generated a broad area of embedded thunderstorms.

Similarly, a combination of moisture, afternoon heating and a surface trough has
triggered extensive thunderstorm developing over the Top End of the NT this

Thunderstorms also extend along a trough through central Queensland and into
northeast New South Wales, while an area of middle level cloud lingers across
northeast NSW, and extends into the central Tasman Sea. 

A very sharp and well defined line of thunderstorms stretches across the central
Tasman Sea to the south island of New Zealand, associated with a cold front and
pre-frontal trough. Further thunderstorms are observed in the cold unstable air
west of this cold front, to the south and east of Tasmania.

The fresh southwesterly winds behind this cold front has also produced mountain
waves over the eastern ranges of Victoria.