Cyclone a possibility this month
A TROPICAL cyclone set to impact Queensland will develop in the Coral Sea in the next fortnight, according to one long-range weather forecaster.
But official Bureau of Meteorology observers are yet to issue any predictions or warnings.
Hayden Walker, from Walker’s Weather, is predicting the cyclone will begin developing late February and cross the coast between North and Central Queensland in early March.
“I’m forecasting a tropical cyclone forming in the latter part of February in the Coral Sea and it should affect the coastline at the beginning of March,” he said.
“It should make its way south-west … I’m forecasting it will affect the northern districts of Queensland to the Central districts of Queensland.”
Mr Walker said it was difficult to predict the velocity and extent of the cyclone but it could potentially wreak havoc across Queensland.
“I believe it will be substantial category wise but we will have to wait and see,” he said.
Forecaster Sean Fitzgerald said the Bureau of Meteorology was monitoring Tropical Cyclone Gita near the Solomon Islands and a system moving over the Western Australia coast that is set to develop into category three Tropical Cyclone Kelvin today.
“Weather models other than climate modelling don’t go beyond 10 days because of the way it works,” he said.
I believe it will be substantial category wise but we will have to wait and see
— Hayden Walker