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03:30 AWST on Thursday 28 April 2016 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Wed Apr 27 19:30:00 2016

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

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for the 1800UTC chart on 28 April 2016
Issued at 5:00 am EST Friday on 29 April 2016

A ridge of high pressure extends over NSW and Queensland associated with a
blocking high in the Tasman Sea. This system is maintaining a moist onshore
airstream and generating localised areas of patchy low cloud along the northern
New South Wales and Queensland coasts.

A middle to high level cloud band streaming over central parts of WA and SA is
associated with an upper level Jet Stream. 

A weakening trough and cold front over the country's southeast extends a second
patchy cloud band over the region and out over the Tasman Sea.

A cold front moving through the Great Australian Bight has a well defined cloud
band with embedded thunderstorms and a field of cellular cumulus in the cold air
in the wake of the front. Also in the wake of this front, another cold front can
be seen in the Bight with the frontal cloud band swirling around the associated
low pressure system.