Severe Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand

22 – 29 February 2020


Best Track of Severe Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand
All times shows are in Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), that is UTC + 8 hours.

A low formed well to the north of Broome during 22 February. The low moved southwest and slowly developed. It was named Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand at 8 am AWST 24 February. The tropical cyclone was a very small system and intensified rapidly in a favourable environment as it continued to move to the west southwest. Ferdinand reached Category 3 intensity at 8 am 25 February with a peak intensity of 155 kilometre per hour winds near the centre.

Ferdinand maintained this intensity through until early on 27 February. The environment became less favourable and the cyclone weakened steadily over the following few days as it took a more westward track. The system was downgraded to a tropical low at 2pm AWST Saturday 29 February.

Ferdinand had no impact on mainland Australia or Island Territories.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand was the fifth tropical cyclone in the Australian region for the 2019/20 season.

**All information relating to intensity and track is preliminary information based on operational estimates and subject to change following post analysis.**

Extreme values during cyclone event (estimated)

Note that these values may be changed on the receipt of later information

Maximum Category: 3
Maximum sustained wind speed: 155 km/h
Maximum wind gust: 220 km/h
Lowest central pressure: 960 hPa