Cy­clone out­look

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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