Tropical Cyclone Ophelia

13 - 17 December 1996


TC Ophelia formed to the east of Christmas Island. Its track was somewhat unusual in that it moved towards the southeast for most of its lifetime. It intensified rapidly to cyclone intensity by the morning of 15 December, however its intensification phase was short-lived as it encountered vertical wind shear early on 17 December.

For more details see the TC Ophelia Report (pdf)>

Track and intensity

All times in WST - subtract 8 hours to convert to UTC.

Best Track of Tropical Cyclone Ophelia