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18:30 AEDT on Tuesday 31 March 2015 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Tue Mar 31 07:30:00 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 0600UTC chart on 31 March 2015
Issued at 6:43 pm EDT Tuesday on 31 March 2015

An extensive area of middle level cloud with isolated embedded thunderstorms
extends from northwestern districts of Western Australia southwards to the Bight
and is primarily caused by an upper level disturbance and surface trough. Some
wispy high cloud is being pulled from this mass by the upper level jet stream
and is seen crossing Tasmania. 

Another surface trough is generating thunderstorms embedded in middle level
cloud over eastern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland. Patches of low
cloud are persisting along the remaining QLD east coast in a moist southeasterly
trade flow off the Coral Sea. 

The remaining central areas of the country are cloud free under the influence of
a high pressure ridge.