Severe Tropical Cyclone Karim

5 – 11 May 2022


A low formed in the central Indian Ocean during the 5 May. The system gradually developed and was named Karim on Saturday 7 May by the Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) La Reunion.

Karim tracked southeast and entered the Australian region on Sunday 8 May and intensified further reaching a category 2 , 50 knots (kn) (95 kilometres per hour (km/h)), intensity at 0600 Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) 8 May (UTC=Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) - 8 hours). Karim maintain a category 2 intensity during the 9 May as the system track steadily southwards.

On the 10 May Karim reached peak intensity of 60 kn (110 km/h), just below category 3 intensity. During the evening Karim began to weaken as the environment became unfavourable.

Early on the 11 May Karim transitioned to a subtropical system but still continued to produce storm force winds and gales aided by the strong pressure gradient between the system and a high pressure ridge to the south.

There were no known impacts associated with Karim, and there were no tropical cyclone advices issued for the Australian mainland or Islands.

For more information see the TC Karim Report (pdf).

Track and Intensity

Best Track of Tropical Cyclone Karim