Cy­clone out­look

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy has re­leased its out­look for this cy­clone sea­son, which this year should be an av­er­age sea­son with four cy­clones expected to form in the Co­ral Sea.

Only one or two of the pre­dicted cy­clones could po­ten­tially make land­fall but bureau me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ali­cia Tup­pack said it will be en­tirely de­pen­dent on the weather con­di­tions when the cy­clones form.

“No year is ever the same, we are go­ing for av­er­age but it all de­pends on when the cy­clone forms, what en­vi­ron­ment it’s in, if it’s favourable to form from a low to a trop­i­cal cy­clone and what winds it has be­hind it,” she said.

“Last year was rel­a­tively quiet, there were quite a few lows out in the Co­ral Sea but noth­ing re­ally de­vel­oped and the year pre­vi­ously was an­other ket­tle of fish but both were La Nina years and both were very dif­fer­ent and this year it will re­main neu­tral.”

With one or two cy­clones to pos­si­bly make land­fall this cy­clone sea­son, emer­gency ser­vices still urge ev­ery­one to be cy­clone ready this sea­son, by pre­par­ing an emer­gency plan and emer­gency kit.

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