Keep­ing an eye on the weather

Whitsunday Times - - CYCLONE DYLAN - THE AFTERMATH -

RES­I­DENTS are keep­ing an eye out for more bad weather as a “trop­i­cal dis­tur­bance" was sit­ting 550 nau­ti­cal miles north-west of New Caledonia yes­ter­day.

Cen­tral Queens­land weather fore­caster Mike Grif­fin said on Tues­day night that there was a good chance that the dis­tur­bance, or run-off from Cy­clone Edna, could re­form and head back this way.

The weather bureau said it was con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the ex-cy­clone that brought rain to Cen­tral Queens­land over the week­end.

Cy­lone Edna hov­ered off Cen­tral Queens­land on Satur­day, just a day af­ter Cy­clone Dy­lan crossed the north Queens­land coast.

Edna moved north and weak­ened.

Bureau spokesman Bren­dan Brad­ford said the sys­tem was likely to ini­tially move away from Queens­land, be­fore edg­ing closer.

"So there is a chance that it moves as a cat­e­gory one or even de­creases be­low cat­e­gory one strength as it goes fur­ther south, but moves a lit­tle bit closer as we get into the week­end or early next week as a weak trop­i­cal low."

Mean­while, the 2014 cy­clone sea­son has been a dif­fi­cult one to pre­dict ac­cord­ing to Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­o­gist (BOM) se­nior me­te­o­rol­o­gist Steven Hadley.

Mr Hadley said that at the mo­ment, im­por­tant fac­tors such as the El Nino/La Nina phe­nom­e­non and South­ern Os­cil­la­tion In­dex mea­sure­ments were “quite neu­tral”.

“We just can’t say that the at­mos­phere’s go­ing to be prone to drought or floods, un­for­tu­nately there’s no great in­di­ca­tors ei­ther way,” he said.

Mr Hadley said the mon­soon trough in the north of Aus­tralia had cer­tainly been very ac­tive of late, pro­duc­ing smaller ar­eas of low pres­sure, some of which had spun up in- to trop­i­cal cy­clones.

“We’ve ob­vi­ously seen quite an ac­tive week for trop­i­cal cy­clones in the Queens­land and Coral Sea re­gions and there’s still the pos­si­bil­ity that we could see some trop­i­cal cy­clone ac­tiv­ity over the next few days but by and large con­di­tions will be un­suit­able for cy­clones to be any­where nearby the Whit­sun­days,” he said.

Mr Hadley said there was also the pos­si­bil­ity of a trough de­vel­op­ing in the Coral Sea over the next few days.

“And that’s go­ing to en­hance the like­li­hood of fur­ther show­ers and storms over the week­end,” he said.

DY­LAN CROSSES COAST: Up­rooted trees at Montes Reef Re­sort at Hy­de­away Bay near where Cy­clone Dy­lan crossed the coast.

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