Eleven cyclones tipped for summerNeroli Roocke, Monday October 14, 2013 - 17:35 EDT
A near-average tropical cyclone season is forecast for northern Australia.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the tropical Pacific Ocean, which affects tropical cyclone activity in Australia, is currently neutral (neither El Niño nor La Niña), meaning there is no strong shift expected in the average location of tropical cyclones.
It says most tropical cyclones occur between the start of November and the end of April.
In an average season 11 will form near Australia and about four will cross the coast.
Last summer was also an average season for cyclones, with the preceding two years (2010-11 and 2011-12) above average for cyclone activity.
© ABC 2013
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