THE Bureau of Meteorology has forecasted four to five cyclones for the coming season.
The bureau issued its annual tropical cyclone season outlook yesterday which points to an above average number of tropical cyclones for all four regions across northern Australia.
Bureau climate prediction manager, Dr Andrew Watkins, said climate models were trending toward another La Nina which would lead to expect slightly higher than average number of tropical cyclones, however, no two La Nina events are the same.
“ While this La Nina may be weaker than the last, this doesn’t mean we can expect fewer tropical cyclones than the previous season. In other words, we can’t afford to be complacent,” he said.
Bureau climatologist Joel Lisonbee said less than half of all cyclones affect the coast, with most staying out to sea.