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23:30 AEST on Tuesday 4 August 2015 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Tue Aug  4 13:30:00 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 5 August 2015
Issued at 6:19 pm EST Wednesday on 05 August 2015

The cloud band extending from the New South Wales coast and into the southern
Tasman Sea is associated with a cold front. Low level cellular cloud in the cold
air following the front covers a wide area including southeastern SA, Victoria,
southern NSW and Tasmania. Areas of thunderstorms are present in the cold air,
mostly to the southeast of Tasmania.

A surface trough is responsible for patchy cloud and thunderstorms off the
northern New South Wales coast.

Southwesterly flow driven by a high pressure ridge to the southwest of the
continent has brought areas of low cloud to remaining southern parts of the

Interaction between an upper level disturbance and a surface trough has
generated an extensive area of cloud over the Indian Ocean, with high cloud
streaming ahead of the system over western parts of southern WA.

The remainder of the country is mostly clear due to a high pressure ridge.