Cy­clone a pos­si­bil­ity this month

The Observer - - NEWS - Olivia Grace-Cur­ran

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

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