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05:30 AEDT on Friday 20 January 2017 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Jan 19 18:30:00 2017

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

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for 1800UTC chart 19 January 2017
Issued at 6:12 am EDT Friday on 20 January 2017

A trough with embedded low pressure systems extends from the Pilbara district of
WA through central SA and to western VIC. Thunderstorms can be seen in the
vicinity of this trough. 

A moist north to northwest windflow covers a broad area to the north of the
trough, triggering thunderstorms over northern WA, the Top End in NT and the
northern parts of QLD. 

Low cloud along the NSW coast as well as the southern coastal areas of the
continent is due to onshore windflow.

Middle level cloud streaming across TAS and into the Tasman sea is due to an
upper trough to the west of TAS.