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11:00 ACDT on Tuesday 31 March 2015 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Tue Mar 31 00:30:00 2015

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

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
 
Satellite Notes for the 1200UTC chart on 31 March 2015
Issued at 11:01 pm EDT Tuesday on 31 March 2015

 
An extensive area of middle level cloud with isolated embedded thunderstorms
extends from northwestern districts of Western Australia southwards to the Bight
and is primarily caused by an upper level disturbance and surface trough. Some
high cloud is also evident near an the upper level jet stream crossing Tasmania.


A surface trough is generating thunderstorms embedded in middle level cloud over
far northeastern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland. Patches of low
cloud are persisting along the remaining QLD east coast in a moist southeasterly
trade flow off the Coral Sea. 

The central areas of the country are cloud free under the influence of a high
pressure ridge.