Satellite, Radar and Lightning

Recent satellite imagery and lightning strikes (courtesy NOAA and;

NZ satellite

Lightning strikes


New Zealand - 1 hourly Vis or IR for NZ (MTSAT - updates 25min past hour)
NOAA RAMMB - Himawari-8 imagery for NZ (and other areas)
JMA/MSC - HIMAWARI - 10 minute multi-channel incl Vis, IR, WV imagery for NZ
Weatherzone - last 3 hours IR for NZ (with lightning)
BoM - fullscreen Himawari-8 satellite viewer
BoM - 1 hourly IR or Vis for E-Australia + partial NZ (MTSAT)
NOAA/CIMSS Volcanic Cloud Monitoring (Noth Island, multi-satellite animation)
MetService - 3 hourly NZ/Tas IR and NZ Vis, or hourly Aus/Tas/NZ IR




NOAA RAMMB full disk imagery and other areas
NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server - full disk images
» also with Southern Hemisphere Tropical Sectors
JMA/MSC Full Disk Image at 10-minute temporal resolution
» see also imagery for South Pacific Islands (heavy rainfall potential, incl multiple channels)
» and for other areas see; full list of areas
JMA satellite imagery - full disk and quadrants, Vis, IR and WV, with animation
JAXA Himawari Monitor - interactive map
Himawari-8 Real-time Web - zoomable full disk image, with timeline and archive

[JMA/MSC Himawari-8 Operational Information]


NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server, with full disk images


DSCOVR:EPIC - full disk global imagery from NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC)

More Imagery

SSEC Geostationary Image Browser
RealEarth - via SSEC - real-time data map-based visualization with multiple sources of satellite imagery
» see also their main images/data index, incl Composite Images
» use "MTSAT East" for Coral Sea/north Tasman to 160W - eg VIS or IR or Colourized IR
NOAA Aviaion Weather Center - global imagery, B&W/Color, static or loops
» including SE-Asia/Aus/NZ large static IR composite (Area F)
NRL Monterey Image Homepage - in particular, see the "Global Imagery"


Hi-Res Photos

Live / Recent

MODIS Rapid Response System - Real-Time satellite photos (NASA)
» or striaght to the New Zealand subset for stitched/straightened images
» also see the Gallery (hand-picked photos of "interesting" images with a search)
NIWA MODIS image for NZ
NASA Worldview (Alpha) - interactive zoomable MODIS imagery with snip/export options
Zoom Earth
Global Natural Hazards - NASA Earth Observatory
» with a selected Image of the Day
NOAA Satellite and Information Service - with real-time and imagery of interest


Land Information NZ - low/hi res aerial photos of New Zealand
Google Maps - with hi-res satellite and aerial photography for New Zealand
Bing Maps - with hi-res satellite and aerial photography for NZ



NZ weather radars via
All New Zealand composite radar image - "real-time" with updates every 7.5 minutes, also with hourly timesteps, or jump to individual radars:
» Northland
» Auckland
» Bay of Plenty
» Gisborne/Hawkes Bay
» Taranaki
» Wellington
» Canterbury
» Westland
» Southland

3-hourly images via MetVUW - from all radars



Weatherzone - last 3 hours IR+lightning - live lightning maps for NZ, with real-time Google Map, also other parts of the world
» also via for NZ, with real-time Google Map
» and via - another live map for NZ
World Wide Lightning Location (WWLL) Network, and here for new website - IR+lightning composites
» with Aus/NZ/Pac animation