Severe Tropical Cyclone Pancho

23 - 30 March 2008


A low formed in the Indian Ocean during an active phase of the monsoon trough which developed into Pancho by 25 March 2008. Pancho quickly intensified under favourable conditions as it moved in a south southeasterly direction towards the Western Australian coastline. The system reached category 4 intensity on 26 March before rapidly weakening as it experienced increased wind shear and moved over cooler sea surface temperatures (SST's).

Pancho was associated with heavy rainfall in the west Pilbara and Gascoyne. The remnants of Pancho moved further south passing near Perth on 31 March and resulting in heavy unseasonal rain across the southwest. The heavy rain was generally welcomed by pastoralists and farmers.

For more details see the TC Pancho Report (pdf)

Track and intensity

All times in WDT - subtract 9 hours to convert to UTC.

Best Track of Severe Tropical Cyclone Pancho