Tropical Cyclone Kimi

16 - 19 January 2021


Tropical Cyclone Kimi was a small, short-lived system in the Coral Sea that had no impact on mainland Australia.

A low formed on 15 January about 250 kilometres (km) to the north northeast of Cooktown. The low moved slowly during 15 and 16 January but then increased in speed to the south as it developed into a tropical cyclone on 17 January. While it was located about 150 km to the north northeast of Cairns, Kimi reached a 10-minute peak intensity of 45 knots (kn) (85 kilometres per hour (km/h)) at 1200 Universal Time Co-ordinated (UTC) 17 January (2200 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)) (AEST=UTC+10 hours). As Kimi continued to move south off the Queensland coast it began to weaken and decreased to below tropical cyclone intensity by 1200 UTC 18 January. The remains of the low drifted north near the coastline on 19 January and then dissipated There were no damage reports received.

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

Track and Intensity

Best Track of Tropical Cyclone Kimi