Saturday, March 18, 2006

A Bit of a Blow

No, this is not about porn. Pity really.

There is a cyclone headed for the North Queensland coast - around about this spot right here, actually. Cylones are severe tropical storms. They are loud, and destructive, and wet. Also, damned inconvenient at times.

A tropical cyclone warning looks something like this:

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: For Broadcast within the hour. The Standard Emergency Warning Signal
should NOT be used with this warning.

Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
Issued at 10:47pm on Saturday the 18th of March 2006

A Cyclone WARNING is now current for coastal and island communities from Cape
Flattery to Mackay.

At 10 pm AEST Saturday, Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry, category 3 with central
pressure 970 hectopascals, was centred in the Coral Sea near latitude 17.2 south
and longitude 154.2 east, about 900 km east of Cairns. The cyclone is expected
to intensify further, and move towards the west at about 22 km/h over the next
24 hours. The centre of Tropical Cyclone Larry is likely to be near the
Queensland coast early Monday morning.

Damaging winds with gusts to 120 km/h are expected to develop about the
Whitsunday Islands late Sunday afternoon, and extend to the coast between Cape
Flattery and Mackay overnight Sunday.

Very destructive winds, with gusts to 230 km/h, may develop on the coast between
Cape Tribulation and Bowen on Monday morning.

As the centre approaches the coast, sea levels are likely to rise well above the
normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas near the

Heavy to flood rains are likely to develop near the coast between Cairns and
Mackay during Sunday night.

Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry, Category 3, for 10 PM AEST Saturday
Central Pressure : 970 Hectopascals
Location of Centre : within 40 kilometres of
latitude 17.2 degrees south
longitude 154.2 degrees east
about 900 kilometres east of Cairns
Recent Movement : West-southwest at 22 kilometres per hour
Destructive winds : out to 80 kilometres from the centre
Maximum wind gusts : 170 kilometres per hour, intensifying

People between Cape Flattery and Mackay should continue preparations, and in
particular secure boats and property.

The next advice will be issued at 2am AEST Sunday.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State

Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

This warning is taken from here:

Data on current and projected cyclone activity in Queensland, including warnings as above, can be seen here:

Just in case you're interested.


keith said...

kinda stale, why don't you aussies name your killer storms like us yanks? it gives them a personality...

keith said...

ohhh, i just didn't read down far enough. it is named larry. is that short for lawerence? or is it just larry until is gets up to a catergory 5 then its a respectable lawerence?

Andrew said...

hope you're all well and that you weathered Larry with no significant damage.

Ben said...

I think Larry's a great name for a cyclone, and while you might think category 5 Larry would deserve some respect, it's just not in our nature - we're Australian and we don't do respect.

Yes, thanks. My family came through it better than most.

Lorraine said...

I'm glad you didn't die. This is the only post of this blog that I understand.
You're too Damn Cleverer...
I'd flamethrow this one!
best wishes!
I'll never be back here again!
Thought you'd like to know!
(4 exclamation points)

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Ben said...

Yes, it was great - you were fantastic!
PS I lied - I am not a woman. Sorry.

Thanks for the comments. Mention away. You don't really need permission for that. Actually I'd rather people ask permission to not mention my article online. Damn those recalcitrant non-mentioners.

On another subject, I have never used the word recalcitrant before, as I don't know what it means, or how to spell it.

Also, it's nice to meet a local online for a change.