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06:30 AEDT on Thursday 23 March 2017 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Wed Mar 22 19:30:00 2017

Infrared image courtesy of the Japan Meteorological Agency. Blue Marble surface image courtesy of NASA.

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for 1800UTC Chart on 22 March 2017
Issued at 6:44 am EDT Thursday on 23 March 2017

Moisture is feeding down from a low pressure southeast of Papua New Guinea,
forming an extensive mass of cloud near the coast of Queensland and over the
Coral and Tasman Seas.

A cloud band is moving across the Tasman Sea, along a surface trough that
connects to a low pressure.

An active monsoon trough south of Indonesia has triggered extensive areas of
thunderstorm activity, while a surface trough connects a low off the Pilbara
coast to another near the southwest of Western Australia. These systems are
creating an extensive cloud band over the interior of Western Australia.

The central and eastern interior of the continent is mostly cloud free under a
ridge of high pressure extending from a high to the southwest of Tasmania.
Patchy high level cloudy can be seen over Tasmania.