Tropical Cyclone Warning Services

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This section provides information on the warnings services for tropical cyclones that are provided to the public by the Bureau. The information includes the types of warnings that are issued, when and where they are issued and samples of the individual warnings.

Tropical cyclone services

Tropical cyclone seasonal outlook
Issued at the beginning of the season to provide an estimate of the level of tropical cyclone activity in the coming season.
Tropical cyclone outlook
Issued daily throughout the tropical cyclone season. They provide a forecast of the probability of cyclone development in the seas around Australia.
Tropical cyclone information bulletin
Issued when a cyclone is active in the Australian region, but is not expected to impact land-based communities within 48 hours.
Tropical cyclone watch
Issued if a cyclone is expected to affect coastal communities within 48 hours, but not expected within 24 hours.
Tropical cyclone warning
Issued if a cyclone is affecting or is expected to affect coastal communities within 24 hours.
Technical bulletin
The Tropical Cyclone Technical Bulletin provides technical details about the cyclone.
Tropical cyclone forecast track map
Issued with tropical cyclone advices to give a graphical representation of the cyclone's past track forecast movement and its threat area.
Tropical cyclone forecast track maps: GIS Compatible Format
All current forecast map graphics available in GIS compatible format.
Registered user product - available in trial mode for 2008/09 then will be available thereafter on a cost-recovery basis.
Marine warnings
Marine warnings are issued for high seas and coastal waters threatened by cyclones.

Note that other specialised services are provided to key stakeholders - like emergency service organisations. These generally provide detailed technical information to assist these organisations in planning disaster mitigation strategies.


Bureau tropical cyclone service areas

Tropical cyclones develop over tropical waters around Australia during the warmer months, mostly November to April. The Bureau provides warning services for these cyclones. Warnings are issued for land-based communities under threat and for mariners. Routine outlooks are also issued during the cyclone season.

Australian areas

Australia's area of responsibility for cyclone services is divided between three Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWCs): Perth, Darwin and Brisbane.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres

International areas

The areas of responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and other global cyclone warning centres are shown in the following map.

Details: Global cyclone warning centres

Map of international tropical cyclone warning centres


Related Information

Warning Services

Emergency Agencies

International warning centres

Plotting a cyclone track