Tropical Cyclone Linda

Queensland Regional Office

Track of Tropical Cyclone Linda

Tropical cyclone Linda was a short-lived cyclone that formed and decayed over the Coral Sea in under 24 hours on March 13th and 14th, 2018. It was the first tropical cyclone to occur in the Eastern Region during the 2017/18 cyclone season.

A tropical low formed over the Solomon Islands on March 11th and drifted south for the next couple of days while slowly developing. Atmospheric conditions were not ideal for tropical cyclone development. The system struggled to reach tropical cyclone status, but was eventually named Linda at 4 pm on March 13th.

The system turned southwest and persisted as a tropical cyclone overnight, but by the next day atmospheric conditions had deteriorated further and Linda transitioned to a subtropical low at 10 am on March 14th. The remnant low turned south and then southeast, passing within about 300 kilometres of Fraser Island at its closest approach to Australia. It decayed well off the southern Queensland coast over the next couple of days.

The only impacts produced by Linda were large waves about the southern Queensland coast. Many beaches were closed due to dangerous surf south of Fraser Island on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of March. Maximum wave heights of up to 8 metres were recorded off the Sunshine Coast, and beach scarping of 1 metre occurred on the Gold Coast.

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: 75 km/h
Maximum wind gust: 100 km/h
Lowest central pressure: 993 hPa