Sec­ond late cy­clone pos­si­ble

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BRIAN WIL­LIAMS

THE sec­ond trop­i­cal cy­clone of the month may form at the end of the week off the Solomon Is­lands, stump­ing fore­cast­ers who have never seen such an oc­cur­rence.

Cy­clone Raquel, which formed at the start of July, was the first time since satel­lite mon­i­tor­ing be­gan in the 1970s that fore­cast­ers have recorded such an event.

Weather bureau fore­caster Jess Carey said it was un­clear what in­flu­ence the latest dis­tur­bance might have on trade winds or El Nino con­di­tions.

The cy­clone sea­son is gen­er­ally con­sid­ered to run from Novem­ber to April and there is spec­u­la­tion that the trop­i­cal low and El Nino were linked.

Mr Carey said the trop­i­cal low form­ing near the Solomons had about a 20 per cent chance of be­com­ing a cy­clone on the week­end.

“There’s very lit­tle chance of it com­ing into our area of re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said.

“We’re talk­ing maybe five or seven days out at this stage and it’s 2000km away, so any­thing can hap­pen on that timescale. We’re watch­ing it closely.

“It’s quite a unique sce­nario and we’ve not seen any­thing like this be­fore.

“We’ve only ever had Raquel a few weeks ago and we’ve never had a trop­i­cal cy­clone in Au­gust since satel­lite mon­i­tor­ing started. If we have two it will be in­ter­est­ing.”

Trop­i­cal cy­clones usu­ally form in the south­ern hemi­sphere only in the sum­mer months.

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