Tropical Cyclone Fina

Queensland Regional Office

Track of Tropical Cyclone Fina

Tropical Cyclone Fina initially developed over the northern Coral Sea, southeast of Papua New Guinea, on the 18th December 2011. Fina generally moved in a southerly direction over the next few days under the influence of a weak upper ridge situated to the east of the system. Fina managed to develop into a tropical cyclone for a short period of time during the early hours of the 22nd December prior to the system being impacted by an amplifying upper trough across eastern Australia.

Fina weakened below tropical cyclone strength early in the afternoon on the 22nd of December. Despite weakening below tropical cyclone strength, Fina managed to develop storm force winds in the following days as an extra-tropical system while also delivering dangerous surf conditions to southeast Queensland during Christmas.

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

Tropical Cyclone Fina was the first tropical cyclone in the Queensland area of responsibility during the 2011/12 season.

Extreme values during cyclone event (estimated)
Note that these values may be changed on the receipt of later information
Maximum Category:1
Maximum sustained wind speed:65 km/h
Maximum wind gust:95 km/h
Lowest central pressure:994 hPa