Tropical Cyclone Kimi

16 - 19 January 2021
Best Track of Tropical Cyclone Kimi
All times shows are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), that is UTC + 10 hours.

Tropical cyclone Kimi was the first cyclone to form in the Coral Sea region for the 2020-21 season. Kimi was a compact and short-lived system having little or no impact on the mainland. The system remained off the mainland coast but close enough to be tracked using the Cairns and Harvey Range (Townsville) radars.

A weak low-pressure system developed off the northeast coast of Cape York Peninsula on 15 January. The tropical low then tracked southwards and developed. The system was named Tropical cyclone Kimi at 10am on 17 January.

Kimi continued moving southwards, almost paralleling the Queensland North Tropical Coast. Gales were recorded for a short period over the Flinders Reef Automatic Weather Station (AWS) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science Reef Observations (Myrmidon and Davies Reef).

Intensity estimates of the cyclone using satellite imagery indicated the cyclone may have reached category 2 intensity for a short duration after midday on 18 January. Late that day on 18 January, the cyclone weakened rapidly below tropical cyclone strength as it encountered unfavourable conditions.


An exposed low-level centre then made a u-turn and tracked towards the northwest, close to the coast with no development. 

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

Extreme values during event (estimated)

Note that these values may be changed on the receipt of later information

Maximum Category: 2
Maximum sustained wind speed: 93 km/h
Maximum wind gust: 150 km/h
Lowest central pressure: 990 hPa