Severe Tropical Cyclone Jacob

31 January - 8 February 1996


A low that moved from the Gulf of Carpentaria across the Northern Territory and northern Kimberley reached cyclone intensity off the Northwest Kimberley coast on 2 February. Jacob maintained a remarkably consistent west southwest track until 5 February keeping about 250 km off the Pilbara coast for much of this time. Jacob peaked at category three intensity on the morning of 5 February about 150 km off North West Cape. Jacob then slowed and weakened succumbing to increasing shear.

Gale-force winds were experienced at times in coastal areas along the Pilbara coast, however damage was minimal on land.

For more details see the TC Jacob Report (pdf)

Track and intensity

Best Track of Severe Tropical Cyclone Jacob