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06:30 AWST on Monday 20 February 2017 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Sun Feb 19 22:30:00 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 0000UTC Chart 20 February 2017
Issued at 11:52 am EDT Monday on 20 February 2017

A low pressure trough lies across northern Australia, with an embedded tropical
low over the Gulf of Carpentaria. Widespread showers and occasional
thunderstorms are developing within the cloud feature near this low. Patchy low
to middle level cloud is also present along this broad area of low pressure from
northern WA through to northern QLD.

A second trough over the Tasman Sea extends south to a low pressure system east
of Bass Strait. An extensive cloud band with embedded thunderstorms has been
generated by this trough and low pressure system.

Middle level cloud over the Gascoyne/Pilbara coast in WA was generated by a low
pressure system that has since weakened. Further south, a cold front crossing
southwest WA has brought low cloud and isolated thunderstorms to the coast. 

Low level cloud is also present over southeast Australia affecting southeast SA,
TAS and VIC. This is due to an onshore southwesterly airstream directed by the
low east of Bass Strait. Isolated thunderstorms are observed over eastern TAS
and southern VIC.