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17:30 AWST on Saturday 30 April 2016 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Sat Apr 30 09:30:00 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 30 April 2016
Issued at 5:42 am EST Sunday on 01 May 2016

A slow moving high in the Tasman Sea extends a firm ridge along the Queensland
coast. Moist onshore winds are persisting with patchy low cloud over eastern
districts of Queensland.

A cloud band is streaming through the interior of the country and merges with a
major cold front and trough moving across NSW and Victoria. The atmosphere is
particularly unstable along the edge of the cold front and trough with an active
line of thunderstorms evident. This extends further south to connect with and
intensifying low to the west of Tasmania. The strong upper level winds are
enhancing the cloud through this area.

Further east, a line of showers and isolated thunderstorms is visible over the
Tasman Sea and is associated with a trough.

Mostly clear across the remainder of the country apart of patchy low cloud along
the southern Western Australia coast and some convective cloud over the Gulf of
Carpentaria and Top End.