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15:30 AEST on Tuesday 28 February 2017 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Tue Feb 28 05:30:00 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 0600UTC Chart 28 February 2017
Issued at 5:08 pm EDT Tuesday on 28 February 2017

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are evident over northeast NSW and
southeast QLD. This convective activity is produced by a high pressure system
over the south Tasman Sea directing a moist easterly flow into an offshore
surface low pressure trough and that is further enhanced by an upper level
trough. Further south, where the surface trough is less prominent, the moist
onshore flow has led to patchy cloud conditions for coastal southeast Australia.

Thunderstorm activity over the Gascoyne and Pilbara region has generated some
middle level cloud over the region. The patchy cloud band over southern WA is
formed by the passage of a low pressure trough. 

In the north, humid conditions combined with a broad area of low pressure over
northern Australia  and northeast SA has primed the area for showers and
thunderstorm activity this afternoon.

Elsewhere, the subtropical ridge of high pressure is keeping most of southern
and central Australia clear.