Keeping an eye on the weather
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.