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16:30 AEST on Thursday 20 July 2017 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Jul 20 06:30:00 2017

Images from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite Himawari 8 via Bureau of Meteorology.

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
 
Satellite Notes for 1200UTC Chart on 20 July 2017
Issued at 11:00 pm EST Thursday on 20 July 2017

 
A cold front extends over New Zealand with an extensive cold pool in its wake
that covers the Tasman Sea with isolated to scattered shower and thunderstorm
activity.

The next significant cold front and a trough extends over southwest WA with an
extensive, thick cloud band that wraps around to a complex low pressure system
further south behind the cold front. A notable pool of cold air also resides to
the west of the cold front depicted by the speckled cloud over southwest WA.

Patchy low level cloud over eastern NSW, VIC and Tasmania is associated with low
level moisture brought inland from the southerly airflow.

Patchy upper level cloud over southern SA sweeping east across southwest NSW is
associated with an upper level Jet Stream.  

A ridge of high pressure is responsible for keeping the remainder of the country
mainly cloud free.