Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Bureau forecasting average cyclone season

Monday October 14, 2013 - 14:36 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology says it is not expecting a strong tropical cyclone season this year.

Bureau modelling estimates it will be a near average season, with about five cyclones, including two coastal crossings and potentially one severe system.

Last season, five cyclones entered Western Australian waters, the largest being Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty which made landfall east of Port Hedland in February.

The bureau's severe weather meteorologist, Greg Browning, says the latest outlook does not mean people should become complacent.

"It just takes one cyclone to form or cross the coast near your location and it wouldn't matter if that's the only cyclone of the season," he said.

"There's obviously the potential for damage, wind damage, flooding and isolation for any individual community.

"Based on the indicators that we use, we think the numbers are probably going to be reasonably close to that.

"There's not a great likelihood of there being an extremely high or extremely low number of cyclones."

Residents in the state's north are being encouraged to attend cyclone information meetings being held over the next week and a half.

The meetings will include presentations about the seasonal outlook and advice on how to prepare for the cyclone season.

In the Pilbara, meetings will be held in Port and South Hedland, Wickham, Karratha, Pannawonica, Onslow, Exmouth, Marble Bar, Newman and Tom Price.

The State Emergency Services' Tim Dalwood says in the mid-west and Gascoyne, meetings will be held in Shark Bay, Carnarvon and Coral Bay.

"It's just getting people aware of the up-and-coming cyclone season and a few key things they need to look for and understand as they go along," he said.

"There's a lot of very good information given at those meetings, so we certainly do encourage all people to get along to their local cyclone briefings and take as much information away as possible."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Victoria sweats through heatwave as bushfires ease

22:20 EDT

Victorians are being warned there will be no respite from Thursday's heat as temperatures are expected to rise above 40 degrees Celsius again on Friday.

Four days of intense heat in western Sydney

17:28 EDT

Parts of western Sydney could experience their hottest four-day spell in more than 20 years between Friday and Monday.

SA heatwave forecast forces total fire bans, cancellation of TDU community challenge event

12:36 EDT

South Australia is facing two days of temperatures in the 40s, with total fire bans imposed for many parts of the state and the extreme weather forcing changes to the Tour Down Under cycling.