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Forecaster tips big cyclone season for Qld

Wednesday January 7, 2009 - 14:37 EDT

Long-range weather forecaster Hayden Walker has predicted three cyclones for Queensland over the next three months.

Mr Walker believes a cyclone as destructive as Cyclone Larry, which hit the state's far north in 2006, will batter the state this month, followed by storm events in February and March.

He says this month will be the worst.

"The extremity of the activity that I'm looking at - it'll be from the far north all the way down to the border," he said.

"Looking ahead to February, it'll be mostly concentrated to the northern parts of Queensland extending down to the [mid region] which will be associated with cyclonic activity.

"In March it looks good to heavy going into the inland due to cyclonic activity and that'll go right down the Queensland coastline."

Mr Walker has been predicting weather for the last 15 years.

"I base my forecasts on sunspot activity and there's certainly been an intense number of sunspot activities and this time through it's more prolific than normal," he said.

"That'll be good, probably too good for some areas - it's going to be above normal so we need to be pretty wary about it.

"I am pretty worried about this season - it's just shaping up that way, especially the humidity, it's been colossal so far this year."

South-east Queensland is also expected to receive above average rainfall and localised flooding.

"I've pretty well been on track in relation to the storm activity in south-east Queensland from late October through, so everything's turned up as far as I'm concerned," he said.

- ABC

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